U.S. 10 stretch to honor late Lake County Sheriff
LAKE COUNTY — A long overdue honor may soon be awarded to a Lake County sheriff who died in the line of duty.
In April, 2010, former Lake County Sheriff’s Department Undersheriff Mike Dermyer attended a session of the County Commissioners to inform them he was in communication with the office of then State Rep. Geoff Hansen and working toward have a portion of U.S. 10 named the Sheriff Robert Radden Highway.
At the time, Dermyer recounted the tragic story that took place so many years ago reminding commissioners of the circumstances of Radden’s death.
Sheriff Radden had served Lake County as a law enforcement officer for four years and in April of 1969 was responding to assist a deputy who had been called out to deal with a domestic violence complaint.
While on his way to the scene, in the area of Forman Road, his patrol car was hit head-on by a vehicle being driven on the wrong wide of the road.
Radden died a month later after being hospitalized for his injuries.
Dermyer asked for and received the support of the county board. Commissioners unanimously approved a letter of support toward having U.S. 10, from M-37 through to the county line, named in honor of the fallen sheriff.
Previously, Dermyer had labored to make sure Radden was recognized for his death in the line of duty National Law Officers Memorial.
“In 2005, I found he wasn’t named on the memorial and gathered all the documentation that made it possible for him to have that honor,” he pointed out.
“In 2009, I saw that the Evart Police Department and city had brought about the honoring of a police officer from that community who had died in the line of duty. I thought it would be appropriate if Lake County would create a similar honor for Sheriff Radden.”
Having a stretch of highway named in honor of any person demands legislative action.
Hansen’s office got behind the request at the time, but considering it was during an election cycle legislators apparently had more important matters before them.
Much more than a year later, the Michigan House approved a bill that designates a section of U.S. 10 in Lake County as “Sheriff Robert Radden Memorial Highway.”
House Bill 4991, sponsored by state Rep. Jon Bumstead, recently passed the House with unanimous support.
“Local police and firefighters risk their lives to protect us every day and sadly sometimes we lose great heroes like Sheriff Radden in the line of duty,” said Bumstead, R-Newaygo.
“Renaming a portion of U.S. 10 after Sheriff Radden will help us forever remember the sacrifice he made for our community.”
As noted, the renamed portion of highway goes from the intersection of M-37 and U.S. 10 east to the Lake County line.
HB 4991 now heads to the Senate for consideration.