Two resolutions approved by the state Legislature will dedicate portions of Highway 99 to honor a California Highway Patrol officer shot and killed during a traffic stop near Salida and a correctional officer stabbed to death at U.S. Penitentiary Atwater.
The measures to honor CHP officer Earl Scott and federal correctional officer Jose Rivera were passed unanimously by the Legislature and have been enacted by the California secretary of state, according to a news release from state Sen. Jeff Denham, R-Merced.
State officials will seek private funding to pay for the signs that will mark the highway. The funding usually is raised through donations.
In February 2006, Columbus Allen Jr. II shot Scott to avoid arrest and possible prison time because he was a felon with a gun in his car.
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Allen last month pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to life in prison.
The highway, between the Pelandale Avenue exit and Highway 219 in Stanislaus County, will be designated as "CHP Officer Earl Scott Memorial Highway."
Rivera, 22, grew up in Chowchilla and graduated from Le Grand High School in 2003. He served four years in the Navy, including two tours of duty in Iraq, before working at the prison in Atwater.
In June 2008, Rivera had worked at the penitentiary for 10 months when he was attacked about a half hour before the end of his shift.
The Board of Inquiry concluded Rivera was stabbed to death with an "ice pick weapon" fashioned from metal taken out of a prison dishwasher.
Former Atwater inmates Jose Cabrera Sablan and James Ninete Leon Guerrero have been charged with murder.
The resolution to honor Rivera, co-authored by Denham and Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani, D-Livingston, will designate a portion of the highway in Atwater as "Correctional Officer Jose Rivera Memorial Highway."