Jackson Post Office to Honor Fallen Police Officer James Bonneau
Washington, D.C. – President Obama signed into law a bill to rename the U.S. Post Office in downtown Jackson as the "Officer James Bonneau Memorial Post Office." Officer James Bonneau was killed in 2010 while on duty as he and a fellow public safety officer followed up on a domestic disturbance complaint. The legislation introduced by Rep. Tim Walberg, H.R. 3534, passed the House on July 14, 2014 and received final Congressional approval in the Senate on December 8.
"Over four years have passed since Officer Bonneau gave his life in service to the Jackson community. With the naming of the Jackson Post Office, we erect a permanent memorial and establish a tangible reminder of his heroic actions and all of those who put their lives on the line to protect the public. Officer Bonneau was described by those closest to him as loyal, genuine, and good-hearted. The naming of the Officer Bonneau Memorial Post Office is a small step to remember his ultimate sacrifice and to affirm that we will never forget what he lived for - duty over self," said Rep. Walberg.
"Our family would like to thank Representative Tim Walberg for his hard work and the dedicatedspirit he has shown us and the City of Jackson throughout the introduction and passage of this bill. We are so grateful that Jim's sacrifice will continue to be remembered by the citizens of Jackson in the years ahead. As great an honor as this is, our wish is that the event leading up to this could be altered," added Amy and Marc Bonneau, the parents of James Bonneau.
Officer Bonneau graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a degree in Criminal Justice. He graduated from Lansing Community College's Mid-Michigan Police Academy at the top of his class academically before joining the Jackson Police Department. In 2011, Rep. Walberg and Senator Debbie Stabenow posthumously awarded Officer Bonneau the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery. Officer Bonneau's parents, Amy and Marc, accepted the award on behalf of their son.
The legislation will rename the United States Postal Facility located at 113 West Michigan Ave. in Jackson, Michigan.