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Portion of Upper Peninsula Highway Could Be Renamed After Two Fallen Firefighters (Marquette/Delta Counties)

Photo Courtesy: Sen. Ed McBroom (Facebook)

Michigan Senator Ed McBroom, along in committee with State Representative Sara Cambensy, announced Wednesday afternoon that a bill to rename portion of a highway in the Upper Peninsula will be renamed after two firefighters who died in the line of duty, has been approved.

McBroom said in a press release in his Facebook post below that a portion of M-35 in between Delta and Marquette counties could potentially be renamed after firefighters Ben Lauren and Don Riling, both of Forsyth Township (near Gwinn).

All they are waiting for currently is for the bill to be passed in honor for the two firefighters.

PRESS RELEASE: Senate panel moves bill to rename portion of M-35 as Ben Lauren and Don Riling Memorial Highway The…

Posted by Senator Ed McBroom on Wednesday, June 3, 2020

“Ben Lauren and Don Riling were fearless public servants who lost their lives while helping to save others,” Sen. McBroom said in the post. “While there is nothing we can do to repay their sacrifice, designating the Ben Lauren and Don Riling Memorial Highway along M-35 will help honor their memory and ensure future generations are reminded of their selfless bravery.

“I thank everyone from Forsyth Township for their encouragement in getting this bill introduced and I am hopeful it will become law soon,” Sen. McBroom added.

Ben Lauren, who was Captain for the Forsyth Township Fire Department, died in the line of duty fighting a structure fire back on March 13. He was just 23 years old.

Don Riling, who was a professional firefighter in the U.S. Air Force, along with being a volunteer firefighter for the Forsyth Township Fire Department, also passed away in the line of duty while fighting a house fire back on March 19, 1988.

“The idea for a highway memorial came from the heart of Forsyth Township — from the friends and firefighters who served with Ben Lauren, to Township Supervisor Joe Boogren, and Marquette County Commissioner Bill Nordeen, who also wanted to honor fallen firefighter Don Riling,” said state Rep. Sara Cambensy. “This is the spirit of the greater Gwinn community coming together and honoring their commitment to never forget their hometown heroes who stepped up to serve.”

“The Forsyth Fire Department has been through so much. I’m humbled to be able to help get this done for them in Lansing alongside Sen. McBroom,” state Rep. Cambensy added.

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