By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers
LINCOLN PARK – Fort Street from Outer Drive to Goddard Road will be renamed to honor the late Army Special Sgt. Craig Frank, who was killed in action July 17, 2004, in Iraq.
House Bill No. 5712, sponsored by state Rep. Cara Clemente (D-Lincoln Park), designates the section of M-85 as the “Sergeant Craig S. Frank Memorial Freeway.”
Frank, who was in the Michigan National Guard, was killed when a rocket-propelled grenade struck his vehicle when he was protecting an American military convoy traveling north of Baghdad.
Clemente said the people of Lincoln Park and Downriver still remember Frank’s legacy.
“He bravely sought to uphold the freedoms and security that we so often take for granted,” she said. “It is only right and fitting that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will be signing into law my legislation, which will rename part of Fort Street, and may this recognition of his service and bravery continue to live on for posterity.”
Whitmer, who signed the legislation July 19, along with three others, said the bipartisan bills honor the memories of Michigan service members and law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.
“We are grateful for their service and proud to recognize them by renaming portions of Michigan’s highways in their namesake,” she said. “We must ensure that their legacies live on not only in our words, but through our actions. Let’s keep working together to protect public safety and support our troops, law enforcement officials and veterans.”