State Rep. Kim LaSata today introduced legislation to rename a portion of a state highway in Berrien County after fallen Michigan State Police Trooper Robert J. Mihalik, who was killed in the line of duty.
The bill will rename a portion of Red Arrow Highway, between Glenlord and Hilltop roads, the Trooper Robert J. Mihalik Memorial Highway.
“Trooper Mihalik gave his life protecting and serving the community he loved,” said Rep. LaSata, of Bainbridge Township. “This highway dedication is a way to honor his sacrifice and remind us all of the dangers our first responders face on a daily basis.”
Trooper Mihalik was shot to death Sept. 9, 1984 while arresting a suspect who had left a local gas station without paying for gasoline and cigarettes.
Mihalik was the 38th MSP officer to die in the line of duty.
House Bill 5112 was referred to the Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.