LANSING — The Senate approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo, designating a Lake County portion of Highway U.S. 10 as the “Sheriff Robert Radden Memorial Highway.”

Before passing away in the line of duty nearly 45 years ago, the former Lake County sheriff served the community for four years.

“Honorable law enforcement officers like Sheriff Radden risk their lives daily to protect their communities,” Bumstead said. “Tragically, not all of our great heroes return from the line of duty. Memorializing Sheriff Radden in this way will help us remember his sacrifice and honor his dedication to our Lake County community.”

In 1969, Sheriff Robert Charles Radden gave the ultimate sacrifice after responding to reports of a bar fight. He passed away a month after being struck by a vehicle in the line of duty, as he had suffered coma-inducing injuries. Radden was survived by his wife and two children.

“Offering condolences to family and friends of those who have lost loved ones in the line of duty is equally as important as memorializing those same heroes who have made immense sacrifices protecting public safety in our communities,” Bumstead said.

The National Police Officer’s Memorial in Washington, D.C. also recognizes Sheriff Radden’s sacrifice.

House Bill 4601 passed the Senate with overwhelming support and now awaits the governor’s signature.