LANSING — House Bill 4061 was introduced today to honor the life and service of Chief Petty Officer Jason Freiwald by designating a portion of M-53 in Macomb County as the “Chief Petty Officer Jason Freiwald Memorial Highway.” The Navy SEAL passed away on Sept. 12, 2008 after sustaining critical injuries while conducting combat operations. In response to the bill’s passage through the House, state Rep. Sheryl Kennedy (D-Davison), who had the privilege of teaching Officer Freiwald as a student, issued the following statement:

“As a music teacher in Armada, I had the distinct honor of having Jason and his siblings as my students from kindergarten until sixth grade. I can honestly say that even at that young age, there was no sweeter, more giving child or devoted family. Although losing Jason has been tragic to the community that knew and loved him, especially his parents and brothers that also bravely served their country, I’m proud to stand with my colleagues to memorialize his service and sacrifice.”