Zorn bill would honor Officer Darrian Young

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn has introduced legislation to honor Monroe County Sheriff Deputy Darrian Young, who died in the line of duty last June.

“Officer Darrian Young was a dedicated public servant and avid animal lover who tragically lost her life far too soon while serving the community she loved,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “It has been just over a year since her sudden death, but the shock of losing someone so full of life is still difficult to understand. As the people who loved her and knew her greave the solemn anniversary of her passing, I hope this tribute to her life will help us all remember her enthusiastic service to the people of Monroe County.”

Senate Bill 522 would designate a portion of Highway M-50 in Monroe County from South Raisinville Road to Herr Road as the “Animal Control Officer Darrian Young Memorial Highway.”

Young died June 6, 2020 at age 24 from injuries sustained in the line of duty when her marked Animal Control Division vehicle was hit by a suspected drunken driver.

On the Tuesday following Young’s death, Zorn memorialized her on the Senate floor during session, which was attended by Young’s fiancé Zach Farris, father Aaron Young, stepfather Brad Kampath and mother Tammy Kampath.

SB 522 has been referred to the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for consideration. If the bill is signed into law, it will have no fiscal impact on the state or local government. State law requires sufficient private contributions to completely cover the cost of erecting and maintaining markers indicating the name of a memorial highway.