State Rep. Hopes to Name Part of I-75 After Martin Chivas, Fallen Troy Officer

State Rep. Hopes to Name Part of I-75 After Martin Chivas, Fallen Troy Officer

(Michigan House Republicans, Feb. 11, 2017)

Troy, MI – State Rep. Martin Howrylak, of Troy, introduced legislation this week in honor of Troy Police Officer Martin “Marty” Chivas, who died in the line of duty on April 22, 1974.

If enacted, this legislation would name the portion of I-75 located at the Rochester Road exit as the “Officer Martin ‘Marty’ Chivas Memorial Highway.”

“Our community is a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family thanks to the hard-working men and women of the Troy Police Department,” said Rep. Howrylak. “Officer Chivas gave the ultimate sacrifice protecting our community. If my bill is enacted, this portion of I-75 will serve as a solemn reminder of the unwavering commitment to public safety possessed by every member of the Troy Police Department.”

“The sacrifice of Officer Marty Chivas 42 years ago is part of the fabric of those who have served before us that has made the Troy Police Department what it is today,” said Troy Police Chief Gary Mayer. “This recognition is appreciated by all of those serving in law enforcement and especially those at his Troy PD family.”

Officer Chivas was killed in the line of duty while investigating a burglary in progress at a service station on Rochester Road at I-75. During the incident, Officer Chivas was killed by the intruders. The individuals were two prison escapees who were later recaptured and are now serving life sentences. Officer Chivas was only 24 years old.

HB 4191 was referred to the House Transportation Committee for consideration. This is a reintroduction of HB 6041 (2016).

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