From the Cherokee County line to Interstate 75 in Bartow, a portion of Highway 20 will be named the “Trooper Frederick Herman Looney Memorial Highway,” said Department of Transportation spokesman Mohamed Arafa.
Arafa said Lt. Jason Blackmon was going to be part of the Oct. 15 dedication ceremony, and said, although the DOT was part of the dedication, the ceremony was for the State Troopers.
Blackmon, a Georgia State Patrol Trooper at the Cartersville office, said Looney was 31 when he died on duty.
“He was a Trooper that was assigned to the Canton post in ’62; he lived in Cartersville. He crashed in Cumming,” Blackmon said Tuesday.
Blackmon said Looney’s daughter and wife planned on attending the dedication ceremony, and said this honorary road naming is one of many across the state.
“Rep. Paul Battles — who works out of the Cartersville office — he was the one who sponsored the resolution, it’s House Resolution 71, that specifically names Trooper Looney,” Blackmon said. “They’re doing this all over the state. We’ve had 27 Troopers killed in the line of duty.”
On Oct. 8, the Georgia DOT Commissioner Keith Golden and the Georgia Department of Public Safety Commissioner Col. Mark McDonough announced the resolution and dedication.
“The state of Georgia lost one of its finest citizens and most dedicated law enforcement officers with the tragic passing of Trooper Frederick Herman Looney on May 25, 1962,” the resolution reads. “Trooper Looney attended the 22nd Trooper School and was assigned to service in Canton. … This dedicated law enforcement officer’s life was cut short from injuries he received in a patrol car crash on State Route 306 near Cumming.”
Looney, a Cartersville native, was a dedicated officer, according to the resolution.
“Trooper Looney exhibited extraordinary devotion to duty, outstanding loyalty, fine leadership and meticulous attention to detail in all his duties,” the resolution read.
The Department of Transportation will erect signs to mark the dedicated roadway, according to the resolution.