- Associated Press - Monday, March 23, 2015

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Lawmakers passed a bill Monday to name a section of Interstate 15 near Great Falls in honor of a Cascade County deputy who died in the line of duty in August.

The Joseph J. Dunn Memorial Highway received nearly unanimous votes in the Montana Legislature and was on its way to the governor’s office Monday afternoon.

Dunn died Aug. 14, 2014, after being struck by a vehicle on U.S. Highway 89 during a pursuit. The suspect is charged with deliberate homicide under the state’s felony murder rule.

Dunn is survived by his parents, two siblings, his wife and two young children.

Dunn’s wife, Robynn Dunn, said at a hearing in the House Transportation Committee that the naming would be a huge honor to the family and show the nation that Montana takes pride in its heroes.

Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards said Monday that his office fully supports the proposal to honor Dunn, whom he called a caring deputy and family man.

“If we can’t have him, at least we can be reminded of him daily on that highway that we take every day,” Edwards said.

If signed by the governor, the portion of I-15 that would be named in Dunn’s honor would stretch 8.5 miles from Ulm to the Gore Hill interchange at Great Falls, which is adjacent to the Cascade County sheriff’s department.


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