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Mt. Gretna MUW celebrates 40 years with Turnpike

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Mark Sites remembers his first day with the PA Turnpike very well.

“I was 20 years old. I started as a mechanic’s helper out of Bowmansville,” Sites recalled. “I knew when I started out here that I really enjoyed the job and knew I would stay here for the rest of my life.”

His father had worked at Mt. Gretna, and Sites soon joined him at that shed, where he eventually transitioned from Equipment Operator to Maintenance Utility Worker, driving the Turnpike’s Safety Patrol Vehicles. 

And now, four decades later, Sites is still with the Turnpike and is celebrating a big milestone. CEO Mark Compton and COO Craig Shuey recently visited Sites to celebrate his 40-year anniversary with the Turnpike.

You see it in this video:

Mark Sites celebrates 40 years with Turnpike (

As a Safety Patrol driver, Sites works the late shift and is always out on the highway, there to help travelers in need.  

And he’s seen it all. In his time with the Turnpike, Sites received an award from the state police for pulling two people from a burning vehicle and saving their lives, and just last month, he saved a young woman who was having a seizure by holding her head and calming her down until the ambulance arrived.  

It’s all part of the job that Sites said he loves.

“I just really enjoy helping people out here any way I can,” he said.