Legislation introduced by state Rep. Kim LaSata to name a portion of a highway in Berrien County after fallen Michigan State Police Trooper Robert J. Mihalik is now law.
A portion of Red Arrow Highway, between Glenlord and Hilltop roads, will become the Trooper Robert J. Mihalik Memorial Highway.
“Trooper Mihalik was a dedicated member of law enforcement and memorializing him with a section of roadway will honor his devotion to public safety in our community,” said Rep. LaSata, of Bainbridge Township.
On Sept. 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. He was 37 years old at the time of his death.
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 is now Public Act 77 of 2018.