House approves Daley legislation honoring fallen Bay City soldier

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan House of Representatives on Tuesday approved legislation to name a portion of State Highway M-15 in Bay County after U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael Cathcart of Bay City.

“Today’s action brings us one step closer to final approval,” said Sen. Kevin Daley, R-Lum, the bill’s sponsor. “We all owe the Cathcart family an incredible debt for Sgt. Cathcart’s bravery. I hope this memorial serves as a reminder of his service and sacrifice, and every day more people realize what a true hero he really was.”

Under Senate Bill 169, the Michael Cathcart Memorial Highway will range from Cass Avenue in Portsmouth Charter Township north to the intersection of State Highway M-15 and Ridge Road in Bay City.

Cathcart was killed in November of 2014 during an operation in Afghanistan. His service awards include four Bronze Star medals, a Silver Star medal, two Purple Heart medals and four Army Commendation medals.

After Tuesday’s vote, the Senate will concur with the House amendment before moving it to the desk of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for final consideration.