02.19.19

Daines, Tester, Gianforte Introduce Bill to Name Ridge in Memory of Fallen Heroes

U.S. CONGRESS – U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and Congressman Greg Gianforte reintroduced the B-47 Ridge Designation Act. The legislation honors Capt. Bill Faulconer, Lt. Fred Hixenbaugh, Lt. David Sutton and Lt. Lloyd Sawyers all tragically lost their lives in a plane crash 1962.

“I am honored to once again introduce this bill to name the unnamed ridge off of Emigrant Peak “B-47 Ridge,” Daines said. “In 1962, Capt. Bill Faulconer, Lt. Fred Hixenbaugh, Lt. David Sutton and Lt. Lloyd Sawyers lost their lives while serving our country. Naming this ridge in their memory will forever remind Montanans and visitors of their sacrifice.”

“Dedicating this ridge to the crash victims honors the brave men who lost their lives serving our country, and keeps them in the memories of Montanans for generations,” Tester said.

These brave soldiers tragically lost their lives in service to our country,” Gianforte said. “Naming this ridge in their honor will remind us forever of their legacy.”

The bill names the unnamed ridge off of Emigrant Peak in Park County where the crash occurred to ‘B-47 Ridge’ and allows the placement of a memorial plaque at the site. The placement and the maintenance of the memorial will be paid for without taxpayer expense, by the families and the local community.

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