Rep. Lucas urges INDOT to rename road after local fallen heroes

Rep. Lucas urges INDOT to rename road after local fallen heroes

Posted by: Abigail Campbell  | Monday, February 19, 2018

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 19, 2018)  The Indiana House of Representatives supported State Rep. Jim Lucas’ (R-Seymour) resolution today that would rename a section of road in Jennings County after two fallen police officers.

Officer Anthony Burton and Reserve Officer Lonnie Howard were killed in the line of duty on March 24, 1993. The resolution urges INDOT to rename U.S. Highway 50 and Jennings County Road 150 North the “Officer Anthony Burton and Reserve Officer Lonnie Howard Memorial Highway.”

“These officers devoted their lives to serving the North Vernon community and this renamed road would serve as a constant reminder of their service to our community and visitors,” Lucas said. “I am honored to recognize their tremendous sacrifice.”

Burton and Howard were killed after their cruiser was rammed by a man who was free on bond following an earlier standoff with police. Their car was pushed nearly 100 feet through a ditch, coming to a rest close to U.S. Highway 50.

The road runs on the west side of North Vernon to just off the old U.S. Highway 50 on the east side as it approaches the Muscatatuck River.

For more information on House Concurrent Resolution 14, visit


State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) represents House District 69, which includes

portions of Bartholomew, Jackson, Jennings and Jefferson counties.

A high-resolution photo of Lucas can be downloaded by clicking here. 


Pictured: State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) honors the lives of fallen police officers Anthony Burton and Lonnie Howard with (left to right) Lt. Keith Messer, Detective Ivory Sandefur, Chief James Webster, Larry Burton, Deloris Burton Pate, Angela Burton Norvell and Mayor Mike Ochs on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, at the Statehouse. Lucas authored a resolution urging INDOT to rename a local road in their honor.