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      Rep. Kivela pushes to rename stretch of US-41

      A section of US-41 in Marquette is closer to being re-named after moving the State House of Representatives this week.

      The highway would be known as the Earl DeMarse Memorial Highway.

      The bill was proposed by State Representative John Kivela. The highway is named after officer Earl DeMarse, who was the first corrections officer to be killed in the line of duty in 1973.

      The memorial highway will extend from the intersection of US-41 and M-28 in Harvey, north to Genesee Street in Marquette.

      "I think not only does it pay respect to Earl DeMarse and his family, but it also really is a glaring example of the dangers that our corrections officers place themselves in daily, out of respect for the thousands of men and women that work for the DOC, I thought it was fitting," said Kivela.

      Kivela's bill passed unanimously through the house. It still has to go through the senate and be signed by Governor Rick Snyder.