State Rep. Bronna Kahle has introduced a plan that will honor a fallen first responder in the city of Adrian.
House Bill 6229 will rename a portion of M-34 the “Patrolman Bobby Lynn Williams Memorial Highway” beginning at the intersection with South Main Street and extending west to the intersection with South Madison Street.
Patrolman Williams was shot and killed on June 30, 1975 after stopping a vehicle that had been involved in a robbery and kidnapping of a gas station attendant. Williams was able to return fire and strike the vehicle, forcing the perpetrator to abandon it. The shooter was later apprehended and sentenced to life without parole.
“Patrolman Williams was serving bravely to keep his community and fellow residents safe when he made the ultimate sacrifice – leaving behind a wife and son,” said Kahle, of Adrian. “We must continue to honor and respect the sacrifices our brave first responders make when they put on their uniform each day.”
The Michigan Memorial Highway Act was enacted in 2001 and allows for the naming of bridges and highways within the state.
“The governor and the Legislature can and should work together – always – to protect lives and livelihoods during this pandemic,” said Kahle, of Adrian. “These measures approved by the House will keep people safer, protect our most vulnerable, and better connect every citizen with their elected leaders at every level of state and local government. It’s strong action toward the continued safe, sensible reopening of Lenawee County and the entire state.”
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