Dedication ceremony held for road named for slain trooper

LUDINGTON, MI (AP/WLNS) – A dedication ceremony has been held for a scenic stretch of road leading into Ludington State Park that’s being named for a slain Michigan State Police trooper.

The public event with family, friends and colleagues of Trooper Paul Butterfield took place Monday afternoon at Lincoln Hills Golf Club in Ludington.

Gov. Rick Snyder in December signed a bill naming the portion of Michigan 116 in Mason County. The road from Lincoln River to Big Sable River will be known as “Trooper Paul K. Butterfield II Memorial Highway.” A ceremony was held in February to mark the honor.

Butterfield was fatally shot in 2013 during a traffic stop in Mason County. Eric Knysz was convicted of murder and hanged himself with a bed sheet in April 2014 at a detention center in Jackson. He was taken to a hospital and put on life support. Health officials said Knysz was brain dead.

He was later taken off life support and died.

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