Bill proposes renaming stretch of I-275 after fallen Springdale PD Officer Kaia Grant

Posted at 6:53 PM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 18:54:37-04

A bill proposed in the Ohio statehouse this week aims to rename part of I-275 in honor of fallen Springdale Police Officer Kaia Grant.

Grant, 33, was an eight-year veteran of the Springdale department who was born and raised in Wyoming, Ohio.

In March, Grant was killed when a man involved in a traffic pursuit crashed into police cruisers on Interstate 275 near State Route 4.

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The 2005 Wyoming High School graduate is the first Springdale officer killed in the line of duty, police said. She is the 10th area officer to die in the line of duty since 2000, according to the Police Museum website. It lists two other women – both jail matrons – killed on the job more than 100 years ago, Rosa A. Regan in 1908 and Anna M. Hart in 1916.

The new bill, sponsored by Ohio representatives Jessica Miranda and Sedrick Denson, would rename the stretch of I-275 between Winton Road and I-75 the “Officer Kaia L. Grant Memorial Highway.”

“The director of transportation may erect suitable markers along the highway indicating its name,” the bill reads.