Senate approves Zorn’s state trooper memorial highway bill

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Tuesday approved 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 police and local law enforcement officers risk their lives every day to keep our families safe, and too often they never return home,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “The Memorial Highway Act was created as a way for us to remember a historical event or pay tribute to a member of the local community. This bill would honor the life of Trooper Jones, who was a World War II veteran and 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.”

Jones’ daughter, Patricia Rowley, and her husband Claude Rowley recently came up to Lansing in support of the bill during consideration by the Senate Transportation Committee. Lenawee County Commissioner Jim Driskill knew Trooper Jones, who was a close friend of his father, and testified in support of Zorn’s bill.

SB 459 now heads to House of Representatives for consideration.


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