Zorn sponsors Captain Liedel memorial highway bill

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn on Tuesday introduced legislation to honor Monroe Township firefighter Joseph Liedel, who died in the line of duty in 2020.

Liedel died in August 2020 at age 48 from injuries suffered in the line of duty while responding to an emergency the month earlier.

“Capt. Liedel followed in his father’s footsteps to become a firefighter — serving and protecting the people of Monroe Charter Township for nearly three decades,” said Zorn, R-Onsted. “He had earned the trust and respect of his fellow colleagues and became a captain. But his service wasn’t limited to Monroe. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, he joined some of his fellow Monroe Township firefighters to help at ground zero in New York City.

“This measure will help us honor the life and brave service of Capt. Liedel and ensure we will forever remember his dedication to our community.”

Senate Bill 1026 would designate a portion of Highway M-50 in Monroe County from South Raisinville Road to Highway U.S. 24 as the “Captain Joseph M. Liedel Memorial Highway.”

SB 1026 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.