Bill seeks to rename Highway 12 in honor of fallen officer Bill Mathews

Senators David Osmek and Paul Anderson have introduced a bill to rename the portion of Highway 12 located in Wayzata after fallen Wayzata Police Officer Bill Mathews, furthering the efforts of a Wayzata City Council resolution from October 2017 seeking to do the same.

Mathews was killed in the line of duty on September 8th, 2017 while picking up debris on the stretch of Highway. “Officer Bill Mathews was a servant leader dedicated to serving and protecting the city he loved,” stated Anderson in front of the House Transportation Committee.

Bill Mathews. File photo.

Wayzata Police Chief Mike Risvold added, “I’m here today in support of this bill to further honor the ultimate sacrifice by officer Bill Mathews. Beyond the honor comes an opportunity, to educate the motoring public about the dangers of texting and driving, distracted driving, and impaired driving.”

 

Wayzata Police Chief Mike Risvold, State Senator Paul Anderson, and Wayzata Mayor Ken Willcox testify at the Capital. Submitted photo.
Wayzata Police Chief Mike Risvold, State Senator Paul Anderson, and Wayzata Mayor Ken Willcox testify at the Capital. Submitted photo.

The bill passed the Transportation Committee, and reads as follows:

HF2739-0

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