LaSata sponsors legislation to honor local heroes

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Kim LaSata on Wednesday introduced a bill to help ensure proper recognition for two Southwest Michigan heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

In 2016, Security Supervisor Joseph P. Zangaro and Court Officer Ronald Kienzle were shot and killed by an inmate inside the Berrien County Courthouse. Zangaro had previously served as a Michigan State Police officer for 25 years and Kienzle was retired from the Benton Charter Township Police Department.

Currently, the names of the two officers are included on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. However, due to a discrepancy in Michigan law, they are not slated to be included on the Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Monument.

Senate Bill 321, which was introduced to coincide with Peace Officers Memorial Day, would correct the discrepancy by amending current law and allow for Zangaro’s, Kienzle’s, and many others’ names to be added to Michigan’s memorial.

“My bill allows for these local heroes, and several others who gave the ultimate sacrifice, to be honored right here in their home state,” said LaSata, R-Bainbridge Township.

SB 321 was referred to the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee for consideration.