Rep. Frederick’s bill to honor Pfc. Shane Cantu headed to governor

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Legislation renames a portion of M-71 between Owosso and Corunna

The Michigan Senate this week unanimously approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Ben Frederick to name a portion of M-71 after Pfc. Shane Cantu, a Shiawassee County native who died in 2012 while serving in Afghanistan.

Frederick’s bill renames the portion of M-71 between the city limits of Owosso and Corunna as the “Pfc. Shane Cantu Veterans Memorial Highway.”

“Shane Cantu’s sacrifice has greatly impacted the communities of Owosso and Corunna,” said Frederick, of Owosso. “This memorial connecting the two cities will honor his sacrifice and bravery.”

Cantu, a 2010 graduate of Corunna High School, was killed in August 2012 after insurgents threw an explosive over a wall at the base where he was serving in Afghanistan. Cantu was a member of the Army’s 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team.

House Bill 4168 has been sent to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature. Installation of the signage is expected to occur in the spring.