I-696 in Farmington Hills honors first fallen female trooper

State Rep. Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills) joined former State Trooper David DeVries and members of the community on Thursday to designate a portion of I-696 in Farmington Hills as the “Trooper Vicki Moreau DeVries Memorial Highway”.

The first female Michigan State trooper to die in the line of duty was killed in 1982, while returning home after gathering evidence during an undercover narcotics operation.

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Former Trooper David DeVries (left) and State Representative Christine Greig (right) hold the sign designating Trooper Vicki Moreau DeVries Memorial Highway. (contributed)

“Trooper DeVries exemplified the very best of what it means to devote one’s life to public service,” Greig said in a press release. “While nothing we do can comes close to the sacrifice she made for the people of Michigan, I believe this memorial will inspire others to learn about Trooper DeVries and her remarkable life of giving back to the community.”

Trooper DeVries will be the first female law enforcement officer in Michigan recognized in the Memorial Highway Act. During the ceremony, her husband, David, and partner on duty, Bob Muldore, gave moving accounts of her professional courage and what she meant to the people who cared about her.

Greig in 2017 introduced House Bill 4828 to honor Trooper DeVries; Governor Rick Snyder signed the bill into law earlier this year.