Governor Signs Bill Naming Bridge After Fallen Officer

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A bridge in Jackson now bears the name of a fallen police officer.

Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill Tuesday afternoon naming the bridge on West Avenue near Ganson Street. It will now be known as the "Officer James Bonneau Memorial Bridge".

Bonneau was killed in the line of duty in March 2010, while responding to a domestic call. Another officer, Darin McIntosh of the Blackman Township Public Safety Department, was injured in that shooting. The suspect, Elvin Potts, was shot and killed.

Those attending the ceremony included Officer Bonneau’s parents, Marc and Amy Bonneau; James’ fiancé, Rachael Maloney; Jackson County Sheriff Steve Rand; Jackson Police Chief Matt Heins; Jackson Mayor Jason Smith and other family members and law enforcement officers.

“Officer Bonneau’s courageous bravery and immense sacrifice to the people of Jackson County will now be remembered for generations to come,” said Rep. Earl Poleski, R-Jackson, who authored the bill. "It was a tremendous privilege to introduce this legislation and to have the Bonneau family at the Capitol to witness the bill-signing."

Bonneau was awarded the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery, which honors exceptional acts of bravery in the line of duty by federal, state, and local law enforcement officers.

No state funding will be used for new signs.

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