ST. PAUL, MINN – Just over five years after Maplewood community lost Sgt. Joseph Bergeron, a veteran officer on the Maplewood Police Department for 26 years – the Minnesota Senate has voted to name a section of Highway 36 in his honor. Sgt. Bergeron was shot and killed on May 1, 2010 while responding to reports of a carjacking.
Sen. Chuck Wiger (DFL-Maplewood) chief authored the bill to assign the section of Highway 36 that resides within Maplewood city limits to be called Sergeant Joseph Bergeron Memorial Highway. That bill was passed by the Senate on Friday.
“It is an honor to carry this bill for the City of Maplewood, and it was a solemn moment when the Senate held a moment of silence after passing this bill and adjourning for the day. The naming of Highway 36 in Sgt. Bergeron’s honor is a small gesture of gratitude to his family for his ultimate sacrifice,” said Wiger.
Sen. Susan Kent (DFL-Woodbury) is a co-author of the bill in the Senate. Wiger’s house mate Rep. Leon Lillie (DFL-North St. Paul) is chief author in the House.
If you have questions or concerns about this or other legislation, please contact Sen. Wiger at email@example.com or by calling his office at (651) 296-6820.