Zorn’s state trooper memorial highway bill sent to governor

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Legislature on Tuesday finalized Sen. Dale Zorn’s legislation to honor Michigan State Police Trooper Calvin Jones, who was killed when his patrol car crashed during a pursuit on Feb. 10, 1956 on M-52 south of Adrian.

“Our state troopers and local law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to keep our families safe, and too often they never return home,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Calvin Jones was a World War II veteran and a family man who also was the first state trooper to be killed in the line of duty in Lenawee County.”

Senate Bill 459 would designate a portion of M-52 from Carleton Road to the Ohio border as the “Trooper Calvin R. Jones Memorial Highway.”

The bill received unanimous support in both the House and Senate and now heads to the governor to be signed.

“The life and sacrifice of Trooper Jones are great examples of why Michigan created the Memorial Highway Act,” Zorn said. “I look forward to seeing the governor sign this bill and permanently recognize a fearless man who died serving and protecting our community.”

Jones’ daughter, Patricia Rowley, and her husband Claude Rowley attended a Senate Transportation Committee meeting in February in support of the bill. Lenawee County Commissioner Jim Driskill knew Trooper Jones, who was a close friend of his father, and testified in support of Zorn’s bill.

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