Delaware River and Bay Authority to Dedicate Delaware Memorial Bridge Maintenance Building In Honor of James G. Wilson, Only Maintenance Employee Killed in the Line of Duty
(New Castle, DE) Today, Delaware River and Bay Authority officials announced that a ceremony to dedicate the main Maintenance Building at the Delaware Memorial Bridge as “The James G. Wilson Maintenance Building” will take place on January 17, 2013. In December 2012, the Delaware River and Bay Authority Commission unanimously approved a resolution to recognize the service and contributions of Jimmy Wilson to the Delaware River and Bay Authority and rename the building in his honor.
What: The Wilson family, including Jimmy’s widow, Tara, Authority officials and former maintenance employees will officially dedicate the main Delaware Memorial Bridge maintenance building in the honor of James G. Wilson. In 1985, Jimmy was tragically killed while performing his maintenance duties in the Westbound Toll Plaza. The building will be named “The James G. Wilson Maintenance Building.”
When: Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Delaware Memorial Bridge Maintenance Area located at the junction of Interstate 295 and US Route 9 in New Castle, Delaware. The ceremony will take place inside the main maintenance building.
Why: James G. Wilson was hired on March 2, 1981 as maintenance employee. He transferred to be a toll collector three months later. On October 22, 1984, Jimmy transferred back to the maintenance department so he could attend college at night. On Wednesday, April 17, 1985, Jimmy was cleaning Toll Booth 8 at the Delaware Memorial Bridge’s westbound toll plaza when he was tragically struck and killed by a tractor-trailer. Jimmy Wilson is the only maintenance employee who lost his/her life in the line of duty at the Delaware River and Bay Authority. He spent his entire career at the Delaware Memorial Bridge facility.
About the Delaware River and Bay Authority
The Delaware River and Bay Authority, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962, owns and operates the Delaware Memorial Bridge, the Cape May- Lewes Ferry, and the Three Forts Ferry Crossing. The Authority also manages corporate and aviation properties through its economic development powers - two airports in New Jersey (Millville Airport and Cape May Airport) and three in Delaware (New Castle Airport, Civil Air Terminal and Delaware Airpark). All agency operating revenues are generated through the bridge, ferry and airport facilities.