State Rep. Bronna Kahle has introduced a plan that will honor a fallen first responder in the city of Adrian.
House Bill 4832 will rename a portion of M-34 the “Patrolman Bobby Lynn Williams Memorial Highway” beginning at the intersection with South Main Street and extending west to the intersection with South Madison Street.
Patrolman Williams served as military police in Da Nang, Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Throughout his military service, he knew he wanted to continue his career in law enforcement when he returned to his hometown of Adrian, Michigan.
After just two years on the Adrian Police Force, Williams was shot and killed on June 30, 1975 after stopping a vehicle that had been involved in a robbery and kidnapping of a gas station attendant. Williams was able to return fire and strike the vehicle, forcing the perpetrator to abandon it. The shooter was later apprehended and sentenced to life without parole.
“He was a loving father and husband who loved the outdoors and spending time with his family,” said Brenda Emery, cousin of the late patrolman. “Even though his time spent on the police force was short, his final act was doing what he loved.”
“Patrolman Williams bravely served our community and gave everything to keep residents safe,” said Kahle, of Adrian. “I honor and respect the sacrifices our brave first responders make every day. This highway naming is a symbol of the appreciation our community has for our heroes.”
The Michigan Memorial Highway Act was enacted in 2001 and allows for the naming of bridges and highways within the state.
State Rep. Bronna Kahle testified before the House Transportation Committee today on her bill to honor fallen first responder Patrolman Bobby Lynn Williams by naming a portion of M-34 after him.
State Rep. Bronna Kahle, of Adrian, today issued the following statement after the state House approved a plan to end Michigan’s participation in the federal unemployment program that is hindering the state’s economic recovery: