Committee approves Rep. Alexander plan to honor fallen Corrections Officers Jack Budd and Josephine McCallum

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The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee this week approved legislation authored by state Rep. Julie Alexander to rename a portion of I-94 in Jackson County between the 139 and 141 exits as the Corrections Officers Jack Budd and Josephine McCallum Memorial Highway.

State Rep. Julie Alexander with Brent Kowitz (left) and Jeremy Tripp (right) testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Budd was working at the State Prison of Southern Michigan on Dec. 27, 1987 when he was attacked and murdered by an inmate. He left behind a wife and son.

McCallum was found murdered at the bottom of a stairwell in the activities building of the State Prison of Southern Michigan on March 24, 1987. She left behind a son and husband.

 “These dedicated corrections officers were killed in the line of duty while performing an important job – maintaining public safety,” said Alexander, of Hanover.  “Renaming a portion of I-94 after these correction officers will help us reflect on the sacrifice they made for our community during their time of service.”

Brent Kowitz, a member of the Michigan Corrections Organization, Service Employees International Union, and Local 526M testified in support of the bill with Governmental and Political Affairs Director, Jeremy Tripp of the Michigan Corrections Organization in attendance as well.

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