Rep. Friske Presents Tribute to Mighty Mackinac’s Beloved Pat Rickley
RELEASE|May 22, 2023
Contact: Neil Friske

Rep. Friske presented local Northern Michigan hero Pat Rickley with a tribute on Saturday, May 20, after it had been announced that Rickley was retiring after 30 years of service with the Mackinac Bridge Authority. As a toll collector, Pat has been a beloved icon of the bridge for three decades and is well known to all those who frequently cross.

Before working at the bridge, the St. Ignace native served honorably in the 1st Infantry Division of the United States Army, a division affectionately dubbed The Big Red One ever since the First World War. Rickley spent four years on active duty and four years in the reserves before being discharged from the military.

“Pat dedicated 30 years to not just collecting tolls but bringing joy and humor to the thousands of travelers across the bridge,” said Rep. Friske. “Thank you for 30 years, Pat, and I wish you blessings in your retirement!”

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