Legislator: Section of U.S. 50 to honor fallen police officers

A statehouse resolution to rename a section of U.S. 50 in Jennings County for fallen officers passed the Indiana House earlier this week.

The resolution calls on INDOT to rename part of U.S. 50 as the “Officer Anthony Burton and Reserve Officer Lonnie Howard Memorial Highway.” State Rep. Jim Lucas was the legislator behind the motion.

Officers Burton and Howard died in March of 1993, when their police cruiser was rammed by a man who was free on bond following an earlier standoff with police. Their car was pushed nearly 100 feet through a ditch, coming to a rest close to U.S. Highway 50.

The section of U.S. 50 and Jennings County Road 150N runs on the west side of North Vernon to just off the old U.S. Highway 50 on the east side as it approaches the Muscatatuck River.

The Indiana House supported the concurrent resolution.