- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) - The Jackson Post Office has been renamed to honor a local police officer killed in the line of duty.

President Barack Obama signed a bill into law Thursday afternoon allowing the move. The Jackson Citizen Patriot (https://bit.ly/13lhCM9) reports the Officer James Bonneau Memorial Post Office is now the second memorial in the city that’s been renamed after the 26-year-old officer. A bridge was dedicated in his memory in September.

James Bonneau was fatally shot in 2010, marking the first time a Jackson police officer had died in the line of duty since 1978. Bonneau was killed while entering the home of Elvin Potts, authorities said. Potts fatally shot Bonneau and wounded a Blackman Township officer, who returned fire, killing 63-year-old Potts.

Legislation to rename the federal building after Bonneau was introduced by U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg of Tipton. The bill passed through the House in mid-July and the Senate early last week.

Walberg says renaming the post office was a small step to remember the “ultimate sacrifice” made by Bonneau and to affirm no one will forget that he valued “duty over self.”

Amy Bonneau, mother of the fallen officer, says the post office dedication came at the perfect time. She says it’s like a Christmas gift to her son.

Officer Bonneau was awarded the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery in 2011.

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


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