Fallen Officer Memorial Bridge Bill Headed to Governor

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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's signature is all that's left in naming a bridge after a fallen officer from Jackson.

The Senate approved a bill Thursday morning naming the bridge at West Avenue and Ganson Street in Jackson the "Officer James Bonneau Memorial Bridge".

Officer Bonneau was shot and killed during a domestic disturbance in March 2010. Another officer from Blackman Township, Darin McIntosh, was shot in the leg. The shooter, Elvin Potts, died during the incident.

The bill was introduced by State Rep. Earl Poleski (R-Jackson) and co-sponsored by 65th district State Rep. Mike Shirkey.

“Officer Bonneau’s service and sacrifice to the people of Jackson County must always be remembered, and naming the new bridge in his honor will help preserve his memory,” said Poleski. "Naming the bridge after Officer Bonneau also will help recognize the sacrifices of all first responders, who put their lives on the line every day in order to protect us."

No state funding would be used for new signs. HB 4089 now goes to the governor for consideration.

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