Battin Resolution Declares Highway 111 in La Quinta

“Deputy Bruce Lee Memorial Highway”

Sacramento – Senator Jim Battin (La Quinta) proudly announced that the California State Legislature has designated a portion of Highway 111 as the “Deputy Bruce Lee Memorial Highway” in honor of the fallen Riverside County Sheriff’s deputy. The stretch of highway will run from Washington Street to Jefferson Street in the city of La Quinta.

“Officer Lee gave the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty,” said Battin. “This is a fitting tribute to honor him and his proven commitment to duty and his loyalty to protect all of us living in our community. For anyone driving on this portion of the freeway, the resolution will serve as a constant reminder of our appreciation to all law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line every day to ensure our safety.”

Deputy Bruce Lee began his career with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in September of 1980, and over the next 23 years he served honorably, demonstrating the highest standards of law enforcement and community service. His life was tragically cut short on May 13, 2003, while responding to a domestic disturbance call. Officer Lee was only 45 years old, and his loss has been heavy to his family and friends as well as to the community in which he served.

Senator Battin had a previous measure which died last year in the Assembly when the Democrat leadership suddenly decided that officer Lee had not been deceased long enough. Battin expressed frustration that this resolution was not passed sooner. “Officer Lee’s legacy of public service and commitment was held up by the Democrats in the Assembly during the last minute silly and petty political games of the 2004 legislative session; I am just glad that he is now being duly recognized.”