ANALYSIS AS PASSED BY THE SENATE
The Michigan Memorial Highway Act provides for the naming of highways in Michigan. Many of these highways have been named after police officers or soldiers killed in the line of duty, or noted community figures. A native of Reese, Michigan, Staff Sergeant Eugene H. E. Alex suffered fatal injuries after his squadron encountered enemy forces in Iraq. To honor his sacrifice and service, it has been suggested that a portion of Highway M-81 be named after Staff Sergeant Alex.
The bill would amend the Michigan Memorial Highway Act to designate the portion of Highway M-81 in Saginaw County beginning at the intersection with North Gera Road and extending east to the intersection with South Van Buren Road in Tuscola County as the "Staff Sergeant Eugene H. E. Alex Memorial Highway".
After graduating from Reese High School and working locally, Staff Sergeant Alex joined the United States Army in 1996. He was posted to Fort Knox in Kentucky, Fort Hood in Texas, and Fort Wainwright in Alaska, during which time he was assigned to the 4th Squadron, 14th Calvary Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. In 2005, Staff Sergeant Alex was deployed to Iraq to fight in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He suffered fatal injuries on August 30, 2006, after his squadron encountered enemy forces in a small-arms skirmish in Baghdad, Iraq.
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Staff Sergeant Eugene H. E. Alex exemplified bravery and heroism during his service and is remembered with affection by family and friends. Naming a portion Highway M-81 in Saginaw and Tuscola Counties near his hometown would be a fitting way to commemorate his legacy and his sacrifice.
The bill would have no fiscal impact on State or local government.
This analysis was prepared by nonpartisan Senate staff for use by the Senate in its deliberations and does not constitute an official statement of legislative intent.