Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced that a portion of Interstate 96 will be designated as the “Officer Trevor Slot Memorial Highway.”
Snyder signed the bill on Tuesday, Dec. 10 in Lansing. The stretch of I-96 highway runs west from Fruit Ridge Avenue, in Walker, to 16th Avenue, in Ottawa County. Slot, a Ferris State University alumnus and a nine-year veteran of the Walker Police Department, was killed in the line of duty on Oct. 13, 2011 on that stretch of I-96. While assisting in the chase of armed bank robbers, Slot was struck and killed by the suspects’ vehicle after he pulled his car over to deploy stop sticks.
“Designating this portion of I-96 for Officer Slot will help residents honor and remember the sacrifice he made in service of his community,” Snyder said in an announcement on the state of Michigan’s official website.
House Bill 5002, sponsored by state Rep. Rob VerHeulen, is now Public Act 181 of 2013.
In October 2013, the Trevor Slot Memorial Scholarship Endowment was created to honor the 1993 Ferris graduate, a husband of 11 years, a father of two young girls and a trusted friend. The scholarship endowment was developed for Ferris students who are pursuing a career in criminal justice. It was established by friends of Slot, who was 41.
“It is our hope that the Ferris endowment will honor Trevor by selecting special individuals who share a passion for law enforcement as Trevor had,” said Scott Dood, a childhood friend, at the announcement of the scholarship endowment. “We hope that the endowment can help others in need the way Trevor helped us. It is an honor for me and for all of us to call Trevor Slot our friend.”