Bill names a section of U.S. 23 ‘Sergeant Joe Johnson Memorial Highway’

LANSING, Mich. — Legislation introduced by Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D–Flint) to honor fallen soldier U.S. Army Sergeant Joe Johnson passed unanimously in the Senate today. The bill would designate a stretch of U.S. 23 in Genesee County as “Sergeant Joe Johnson Memorial Highway.”

“Honoring Sgt. Johnson’s legacy with a road naming is one way we, as a state, can promise his family that their son’s service and sacrifice will never be forgotten,” Sen. Ananich said. “I thank my colleagues for their swift action on this bill, and I ask those in the House to do the same.”

Sgt. Johnson was born in Flint and graduated from Carman-Ainsworth High School. In 2006, he joined the Army and was deployed to Afghanistan three years later. His life was cut short in 2010, when insurgents attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device.

The bill, Senate Bill 34, now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.