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Sponsors: Reps. Norman and J.M. Neal
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Introduced in the House on April 24, 2012
Introduced in the Senate on April 25, 2012
Adopted by the General Assembly on April 26, 2012
Summary: SCHP Patrolman Ralph W. McCracken Memorial Highway
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4/24/2012 House Introduced (House Journal-page 12) 4/24/2012 House Referred to Committee on Invitations and Memorial Resolutions (House Journal-page 49) 4/24/2012 House Committee report: Favorable Invitations and Memorial Resolutions (House Journal-page 49) 4/25/2012 Scrivener's error corrected 4/25/2012 House Adopted, sent to Senate (House Journal-page 45) 4/25/2012 Senate Introduced (Senate Journal-page 11) 4/25/2012 Senate Referred to Committee on Transportation (Senate Journal-page 11) 4/25/2012 Senate Recalled from Committee on Transportation (Senate Journal-page 11) 4/26/2012 Senate Adopted, returned to House with concurrence (Senate Journal-page 91)
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
April 25, 2012
Introduced by Reps. Norman and J.M. Neal
S. Printed 4/25/12--S.
Read the first time April 25, 2012.
TO REQUEST THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION NAME THE PORTION OF SOUTH CAROLINA HIGHWAY 215 IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY FROM ITS INTERSECTION WITH THE FAIRFIELD/CHESTER COUNTY LINE TO ITS INTERSECTION WITH COOL BRANCH ROAD (S-20-50) "SCHP PATROLMAN RALPH W. MCCRACKEN MEMORIAL HIGHWAY" AND ERECT APPROPRIATE MARKERS OR SIGNS ALONG THIS PORTION OF HIGHWAY THAT CONTAIN THE WORDS "SCHP PATROLMAN RALPH W. MCCRACKEN MEMORIAL HIGHWAY".
Whereas, in all generations, it behooves an ordered, peaceful society to demonstrate appreciation to those men and women who make possible the safety and security of its citizens; and
Whereas, the people of the great State of South Carolina are singularly blessed with military servicemen, police officers, firefighters, rescue personnel, and Highway Patrol Officers, who serve selflessly, often putting their lives in danger in the delivery of that service; and
Whereas, Patrolman Ralph W. McCracken of the South Carolina Highway Patrol stands high among those men and women who have labored to ensure the safety and security of the Palmetto State and who, therefore, retains a place of honor in the hearts of its citizens; and
Whereas, as an officer with the South Carolina Highway Patrol, Ralph W. McCracken was cruising South Carolina Highway 215 in Fairfield County on Monday, October 12, 1931; and
Whereas, on that date, at the age of twenty-eight, the Branchville native became the first of many brave members of the South Carolina Highway Patrol to give his life in the line of duty; and
Whereas, Patrolman McCracken was enroute to Columbia on his issued motorcycle to join other Patrolmen for an out-of-state assignment; and
Whereas, Patrolman McCracken died by tragically striking another vehicle and authorities at that time ruling the crash was unavoidable for Patrolman McCracken; and
Whereas, Patrolman McCracken had served as a South Carolina Highway Patrolman since July 1, 1930; and
Whereas, there is no greater or more courageous sacrifice a man can make than to lay down his life for a noble cause, as did Patrolman Ralph W. McCracken; and
Whereas, the South Carolina General Assembly counts it a great privilege to remember Patrolman Ralph W. McCracken, of the Palmetto State's finest, and the members with one voice offer their grateful thanks to Almighty God for the service and ultimate sacrifice of this valiant son of South Carolina; and
Whereas, it would be fitting and proper to recognize Patrolman Ralph W. McCracken's legacy by having a portion of South Carolina Highway 215 in Fairfield County named in his honor. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
That the members of the General Assembly request that the Department of Transportation name the portion of South Carolina Highway 215 in Fairfield County from its intersection with the Fairfield/Chester County line to its intersection with Cool Branch Road (S-20-50) "SCHP Patrolman Ralph W. McCracken Memorial Highway" and erect appropriate markers or signs along this portion of highway that contain the words "SCHP Patrolman Ralph W. McCracken Memorial Highway".
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Department of Transportation.
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