Zorn sponsors Trooper Adams memorial highway bill

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn has introduced legislation to honor Trooper Rodger Adams, who was the 25th Michigan State Police officer to die in the line of duty.

“Too often, we take for granted the sacrifices that our state troopers and local law enforcement officers make every day to keep us safe,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “The life and death of Trooper Rodger Adams reminds us that, in an instant, one of our brave men and women can be lost. This bill would pay tribute to the memory of Trooper Adams — a husband, veteran and dedicated officer who was tragically killed while protecting the people of Michigan.”

On May 14, 1971, Adams and his partner were dispatched to investigate a traffic crash shortly after 1 a.m. As they headed east on U.S. 12 near Tipton Highway, an oncoming car skidded around a curve and crossed the centerline. Adams swerved the patrol car, but he was unable to avoid the oncoming car. The two vehicles hit nearly head-on. Adams was killed instantly, and his partner was seriously injured.

Senate Bill 132 would designate a portion of U.S. 12 in Lenawee County from M-52 to the Monagan Highway as the “Trooper Rodger M. Adams Memorial Highway.”

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.