Zorn sponsors Trooper Brown memorial highway bill

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn has introduced legislation to honor Michigan State Police Trooper Herman Brown, who died in March from COVID-19.

“Trooper Herman Brown dedicated more than three decades of his life to serving and protecting the people of Michigan and Monroe County,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Trooper Brown served in the U.S. Marine Corps before returning to our state to become a state police trooper. Sadly, Trooper Brown lost his battle with COVID-19 earlier this year. This bill would help ensure we never forget his selfless commitment to our community and the real loss we have endured during this pandemic.”

Senate Bill 502 would designate a portion of Highway M-50 in Monroe County from Lewis Avenue to South Raisinville Road as the “Trooper Herman Brown Memorial Highway.”

“Herman Brown lived for service. The oldest of five children born and raised in Detroit, Herman took on the role of protector and mentor, even in childhood,” said Tracy Blackwell, Brown’s girlfriend. “Likewise, he served his community with the same dedication and heart he gave to his family and friends. He brought strength, humor, love and kindness to all that he did and to every life that he touched.”

In 2017, Brown was honored as Trooper of the Year, an annual law enforcement recognition event sponsored by the Monroe Exchange Club.

“Trooper Brown’s dedication and service to the citizens of Michigan will be missed,” said MSP First Lt. Greg Morenko, Monroe post commander. “Trooper Brown’s calm, professional demeanor and his signature smile will never be forgotten.”

SB 502 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.