Michigan Senate bill seeks to name portion of M-6 after fallen Kentwood Navy SEAL

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LANSING, Mich. — A bill has passed the Michigan state Senate that would name a part of state highway M-6 for Petty Officer Second Class David John Warsen, who died in Afghanistan in 2012.

Senate bill 1099 was introduced by state Senator Mark C. Jansen of West Michigan’s 28th District and is co-sponsored by state senators Dave Hillenbrand of West Michigan’s 29th District and Tonya Schuitmaker of West Michigan’s 20th District.

The bill amends the Michigan memorial highway act in short and simple language:

The portion of highway M-6 in Kent County beginning at the intersection of M-6 and Kalamazoo Avenue and continuing west to the intersection of M-6 and Byron Center Avenue shall be known as the “David Warsen Memorial Highway.”

All of M-6, which connects I-196 near Hudsonville with I-96 in Cascade Township, is already officially named the Paul B. Henry Freeway after the late congressman from Michigan’s 3rd District who died of brain cancer in 1993.

Warsen graduated from East Kentwood High School in 2004 and enlisted in the Navy in 2009. He was awarded a Bronze Star, among other service medals. He died in a helicopter crash northeast of Kandahar.

Further action from the state house is pending.

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