Bill to name a section of M-52 after fallen deputy sheriff signed into law

LANSING, Mich. — Late yesterday afternoon, Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. (D-East Lansing) was honored to host the family of Ingham County Deputy Sheriff Grant William Whitaker for a bill signing. Gov. Snyder signed Senate Bill 509 to rename a portion of State Highway M-52 as the “Deputy Grant Whitaker Memorial Highway” in his honor.

A portion of Highway M-52 in Stockbridge Township in Ingham County — where Grant grew up and lived — from the intersection of Highways M-52 and M-106 to the intersection of Highways M-52 and M-36, will be renamed after Deputy Whitaker, who died in the line of duty on Dec. 7, 2014.

“It was such a special, meaningful day,” Sen. Hertel said. “It was a privilege to have Deputy Whitaker’s family here to watch the bill be signed, and it’s particularly fitting not just as a remembrance of the ultimate sacrifice he paid, but also because this Thursday will mark the third anniversary of his passing.”

Deputy Whitaker was killed in the line of duty in a vehicle crash during pursuit of a fleeing driver who attempted to elude a traffic stop. His patrol car left the roadway and struck a tree during the chase, causing him to suffer fatal injuries. The driver of the fleeing vehicle was arrested several days later, convicted of eluding police and driving on a suspended license, and sentenced to prison.

“This memorial sign will be a visual reminder of Deputy Whitaker’s impact on the community that he so proudly served, and I hope it brings his family and friends some comfort to know that he will never be forgotten,” Sen. Hertel said.

Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. (D–East Lansing) was honored to host the family of Ingham County Deputy Sheriff Grant William Whitaker for a bill signing with Gov. Snyder on Dec. 5, 2017. Senate Bill 509 was signed into law and will rename a portion of State Highway M-52 in Stockbridge Twp. the “Deputy Grant Whitaker Memorial Highway” in his honor.

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