LANSING, Mich. — Senator Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage, introduced new legislation on Thursday that would name a stretch of Interstate 94 after fallen Comstock Fire Chief Ed Switalski.
“By renaming I-94 after Chief Switalski, we will achieve two goals: reminding people to drive safely because lives are on the line and honoring Chief Switalski for his dedicated service to our community,” Sen. O’Brien said. “He will not be forgotten.”
Chief Switalski was killed in the line of duty on Wednesday, June 14 when he was struck by a vehicle while responding to an accident on I-94 in Kalamazoo County. He was named Michigan Fire Chief of the Year for 2017. The bill would name the span between exits 80 and 86 on I-94 after Switalski.
“My daughters and I would be honored if this stretch of highway was renamed in honor of my husband who was so committed to public safety and such an asset to Kalamazoo County and the state of Michigan,” said Holly Switalski, wife of Fire Chief Switalski.