A portion of I-94 will be known as the “Deputy Gate Keeper George W. Haight Memorial Highway” after a plan from state Rep. Sarah Lightner was recently signed into law by the governor.
Haight was the first employee to be killed in the line of duty for the Michigan Department of Corrections. On March 27, 1893, he was poisoned by an inmate at the Michigan State Prison in Jackson during an escape attempt.
Haight was a Civil War veteran and had served at the Michigan State Penitentiary for eight years.
“For almost 130 years, our correctional officers in Michigan have put their lives on the line to keep residents and communities in our state safe,” said Lightner, of Springport. “This is a small gesture to honor the sacrifice Deputy Haight made while doing his job and I hope people share that respect upon this designation.”
Under the new law, the designated section of I-94 in Jackson County will run from the intersection with Elm Avenue eastward to the intersection of Dettman Road. The Michigan Memorial Highway Act was enacted in 2001 and allows for the naming of bridges and highways within the state.