State To Name Portion Of I-70 In Honor Of Fallen Deputy


UPDATED: Wednesday December 5, 2012 6:42 PM

A bill passed by state lawmakers on Tuesday contained a provision to name part of Interstate 70 in honor of a fallen sheriff's deputy.

The Deputy Suzanne Hopper Memorial Highway will be the stretch of I-70, between Interstate 675 and Enon Road, in Clark County.

Hopper was a Clark County deputy killed on Jan. 1, 2011. She was investigating a domestic dispute and reports of gunfire at the Enon Beach trailer park when she was ambushed and shot by Michael Ferryman.

Ferryman was later convicted of Hopper's murder.

Republican State Senator Chris Widener of Springfield issued a statement regarding plans to name the highway with Deputy Hopper in mind.

"While we are very saddened to have lost such a dedicated officer, we hope to honor her sacrifice by naming a portion of this major Ohio thoroughfare in her honor. Every time residents of Ohio and other states drive on this portion of Interstate 70, we will remember her service and celebrate her life," the statement read.

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