Council signals support for renaming portion of US 75 after slain Richardson police officer

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It has been just over a year since the death of David Sherrard, Richardson’s first police officer killed in the line of duty.

In honor of his sacrifice, City Council approved a resolution March 18 in support of two identical bills under consideration by the state Legislature that would rename the portion of US 75 that passes through Richardson the Officer David Sherrard Memorial Highway. A marker would be posted at each end of that stretch of highway, according to the bills.

Sherrard was fatally shot Feb. 7, 2018, after responding to an apartment disturbance.

House Bill 540 and Senate Bill 690 were filed by Richardson legislators state Rep. Jeff Leach and state Sen. Angela Paxton, respectively.

Leach’s bill was unanimously approved by the Transportation Committee and has been placed on the calendar for consideration by the House, according to the state Legislature’s bill tracker.

“I am proud to file this important legislation honoring Richardson Police Officer David Sherrard, a true public servant who was tragically killed in the line of duty in House District 67,” Leach stated in a December news release. “My hope is that this memorial will bring a sense of joy to his family and honor and pride to his fellow officers who continue to serve us faithfully and courageously every day.”

Paxton’s bill is still in the committee phase, according to the bill tracker.

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Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.
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