The Michigan House today unanimously approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Kim LaSata to rename a portion of a highway in Berrien County after fallen Michigan State Police Trooper Robert J. Mihalik.
The bill will rename a portion of Red Arrow Highway, between Glenlord and Hilltop roads, the Trooper Robert J. Mihalik Memorial Highway.
“Trooper Robert J. Mihalik’s death was another tragic reminder that any moment can turn deadly for law enforcement personnel,” said Rep. LaSata, of Bainbridge Township. “This legislation will allow us to express gratitude for his service and honor his sacrifice.”
On September 9, 1984, Mihalik became the 38th MSP officer to die in the line of duty. He was shot while arresting a suspect who had left a local gas station without paying for gasoline and cigarettes.
Mihalik was born in Niles in 1947 and lived with his family in Lincoln Township in Berrien County. He graduated from Lakeshore High School in 1965 and from Michigan State University in 1973.
He is survived by his wife Carol Mihalik, who still lives in the area, and their two sons Steven and Scott Mihalik.
House Bill 5112 now moves to the Senate for consideration.