Bill would create Butterfield Memorial Highway

Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield. (Undated courtesy photo)

LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — The Michigan legislature is considering a bill to name a stretch of road along the Lake Michigan shoreline in Mason County after murdered Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield.

The bill proposes naming M-116 between the Lincoln and Big Sable rivers the “Trooper Paul K. Butterfield II Memorial Highway,” according to a release from Rep. Ray Franz’s office.

Butterfield was shot and killed by Eric Knysz on the evening of Sept. 9, 2013, in rural Mason County during what started as a routine traffic stop. Knysz was convicted of the murder in February.

“Honoring Trooper Butterfield and his service to our communities with this memorial highway designation will stand as a permanent reminder of his dedication and the sacrifice Paul was willing to put on the line,” Franz (R-Onekama) said in a statement.

The bill — House Bill 5257 — was approved by the Michigan House of Representatives and now goes to the state Senate.

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