In memoriam: Senate bill passes to honor dead Jacksonville policeman
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Lance Whitaker
The name Lance Christian Whitaker was not a household name in Jacksonville a short time back.

The name Lance Christian Whitaker was not a household name in Jacksonville a short time back.

That changed on May 15, 2018. Responding to a call in treacherous weather early that morning, the 48-year-old Whitaker lost control of his vehicle.

Then-Gov. Rick Scott ordered flags at half-staff. But the movement to commemorate Whitaker’s sacrifice was not over.

On Wednesday, a bill cleared the Senate unanimously that would name a stretch of Interstate 295 as the Lance Christian Whitaker memorial highway.

Senate Minority Leader Audrey Gibson and Republican counterpart Aaron Bean carried the legislation.

The House version still has a way to go, without a committee stop yet, but has Republican Cord Byrd and Democrat Tracie Davis championing the legislation.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski



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