A local first responder killed in the line of duty in 2014 was honored with a series of events and dedications. At 8:30 Friday morning, the Grant Whitaker flag raising ceremony took place at the ICSO memorial. This flag representing Whitaker will fly until May 4.
Senator Curtis Hertel Jr. of East Lansing, along with Ingham County Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth and Whitaker’s family officially unveiled a traffic sign, renaming a section of highway M-52 in Stockbridge Township as Deputy Grant Whitaker Memorial Highway. It’ll stretch from the intersection of M-52 and M-106 to the intersection of M-52 and M-36.
Whitaker died on December 7, 2014, due to injuries sustained in a high speed pursuit. Area officials believe this is the right thing to do.
“Their son paid the ultimate sacrifice,” said State Senator Curtis Hertel Jr. “I think it’s nice that all these people are here to remember his sacrifice, and now when everyone drives down this road, the road that unfortunately he passed, but also the road which he grew up on, they’ll get to remember him.”
“We feel very, very blessed,” said Mary Whitaker, Grant’s mom. “We feel honored that this has come about and happened for remembrance for our son.”
Whitaker was a deputy for the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office for 18 months, and was an officer with the Stockbridge Police Department before that.