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Jackson County highway renamed for local soldier

 State Rep. Julie Alexander, right, of Hanover, listens to testimony from Amy Ciokajlo on House Bill 5570 before the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. The proposal renames a portion of M-60 in Jackson County from Fairway Drive to Emerson Road as the Sergeant Matthew R. Soper Memorial Highway – honoring Ciokajlo’s brother after the Jackson native was killed in action in Iraq in 2007.
State Rep. Julie Alexander, right, of Hanover, listens to testimony from Amy Ciokajlo on House Bill 5570 before the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. The proposal renames a portion of M-60 in Jackson County from Fairway Drive to Emerson Road as the Sergeant Matthew R. Soper Memorial Highway – honoring Ciokajlo’s brother after the Jackson native was killed in action in Iraq in 2007. (WILX)
Published: Jun. 30, 2020 at 11:03 AM EDT
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’s proposal to honor a Jackson fallen Jackson soldier was approved by the House Transportation Committee, the Hanover representative’s office said in a Tuesday news release.

Sergeant Matthew R. Soper Memorial Highway is the new name for a stretch of M-60 from Fairway Drive to Emerson Road in Jackson County. Soper, a Michigan Army National Guard soldier and Jackson native, died while fighting in Iraq in 2007.

Soper was 25 years old.

“Our military heroes continually put their lives on the line to protect American freedoms and ideals,” Alexander said. “This tribute memorializes Sgt. Soper and recognizes the sacrifice he made for his fellow community members and his country. We are forever indebted to that sacrifice.”

, Soper, or “Big Slick,” was called “the light of his family.”

“He was brave, he was strong, and lent to us for too short a time,” the obituary said.

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