- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) - A bridge in Jackson was renamed Friday for a police officer killed in the line of duty.

About 100 people attended a dedication ceremony for the “Officer James Bonneau Memorial Bridge.”

Bonneau, who was fatally shot in 2010, was the first Jackson police officer to die in the line of duty since 1978, the Jackson Citizen Patriot reported (http://bit.ly/1rZOvJN ).

His mother, Amy Bonneau, said she hopes those who travel over the bridge will remember her son, “if only for a second.”

“Remembering Jim is all that is left to any of us now,” she said. “Dedicating this bridge today means so much to our family and all those who loved Jim.”

State lawmakers earlier this year voted to name the West Avenue bridge after James Bonneau.

The 26-year-old was fatally shot by Elvin Potts on March 9, 2010, authorities said. Potts, 63, also wounded a Blackman Township officer, who returned fire, killing Potts.

“The night he was killed, he was on the verge of having everything that he had worked so hard for,” Amy Bonneau said. “Besides looking forward to marriage, he was pleased to be working for the Jackson Police Department. He loved being a police officer.”

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Information from: Jackson Citizen Patriot, http://www.mlive.com/jackson

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