U.S. Highway 12 within the city limits of #Wayzata is now the Officer Bill Mathews Memorial Highway. Thank you to @GovMarkDayton for signing the bill into law today. @WayzataPoliceMN #NeverForget #ThinBlueLine pic.twitter.com/W7ZRP4hSJX
— Paul T. Anderson (@PTAnderson_MN) May 3, 2018
Shawn Mathews, the wife of fallen Wayzata Officer Bill Mathews wipes away her tears in the Minnesota Senate gallery as senators give her a standing ovation and unanimously approve renaming Hwy 12 in her husband's honor. #mnleg pic.twitter.com/XHQH8IeWpy
— Timothy Blotz (@TimBlotzFOX9) April 19, 2018
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.
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.”
The bill passed the Transportation Committee, and reads as follows:HF2739-0