A large crowd turned out in Wheeling over the weekend to honor two local fallen soldiers.
On Saturday, two Wheeling bridges were named after Army Sgt. Matthew D. Hunter and Captain David Van Camp. At the event was the mother of Matthew D. Hunter, one of the two soldiers killed in the line of duty while serving in Iraq. She said, "He was working as a training officer. He was teaching triage. He was a medic and he was teaching triage to Iraqi soldiers to take care of their own people."
The group of supporters started at the S Bridge in Wheeling near Bella Via, where they dedicated and renamed it the U.S. Army Sgt. Matthew D. Hunter Memorial Bridge. Kinney said Matthew always had a very strong and supportive attitude, much like the bridge that is now named after him. " I talked to him the day before he died and he was like, 'this is their country. The best thing I can do is help them reclaim their country,'" said Hunter's mother.
After the first bridge dedication, the group marched down Route 40 all the way to the Bridge Street Bridge, where it was named after Captain David Van Camp. They finished the dedication with a 21-gun salute on the bridge.
The Wheeling Park High School band was also at the dedication playing to honor the men who made, what one speaker called, the supreme sacrifice.