Triplicate staff

Del Norte County may get a portion of U.S. Hwy. 101 designated in honor of a California Highway Patrol officer.

The Senate Transportation Committee passed a bill Tuesday by Assemblywoman Patty Berg, D-Eureka, that would honor slain Del Norte County officer Ernest R. Felio.

The bill titled ACR 31 would designate a portion of Hwy. 101 between the E.M. Fine Memorial Bridge and the Oregon State line as the Ernest R. Felio Memorial Highway.

Felio served in the Korean War. As a veteran, he joined the patrol in 1962. California awarded Felio the Medal of Valor for saving a man who was almost electrocuted during a traffic collision. Felio was shot and killed during the course of a routine traffic stop.

andquot;Felio's bravery will always be remembered through this memorial,andquot; said Assemblywoman Berg. andquot;He lived an exemplary life worthy of this honor.andquot;

ACR 31 will be considered by the Senate Appropriations Committee.