State proposes naming stretch of I-5 after fallen police officer

Support is growing for Assembly Concurrent Resolution 66 to name a stretch of Interstate-5 through Colusa County the “Officer Natalie Corona Memorial Highway.” 

Corona, a lifetime Arbuckle resident, was shot and killed at the age of 22 while performing her duties at a routine traffic stop on Jan. 10, 2019, in service to the Davis Police Department. 

ACR 66 was introduced to the California State Legislature earlier this month by 4th District Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguilar-Curry, and was co-authored by 3rd District Sen. Bill Dodd, in Corona’s honor. 

“Exemplifying the true character of the brave individuals who devote their time and energy to the perilous duties of law enforcement, Officer Natalie Corona was renowned among her fellow officers for loving, honoring, and being dedicated to her family, the uniform, and the law enforcement community, all of which were indelible and inseparable in her life,” the resolution states. 

The Officer Natalie Corona Memorial Highway, as proposed, is about a seven-mile stretch of freeway from Greenbay Road north through the town of Arbuckle. 

Rural County Representatives of California, a service organization that champions policies on behalf of California’s rural counties, and the Colusa County Board of Supervisors support naming a portion of Interstate 5 in Corona’s honor, said Supervisor Denise Carter, an RCRC board delegate. 

The Board of Supervisors approved supporting ACR 66 at their regular meeting on April 16. 

ACR 66 requests the Department of Transportation to determine the cost of appropriate signs showing the special designation and the emblem of the Davis Police Department. 

Non-state sources and donations, and not taxpayer funds, will have to cover the cost of erecting the signs, the resolution states. 

The Pierce Joint Unified School District recently renamed the high school gym and Yolo County dedicated and renamed a public transit bus after the fallen police officer. The Sacramento Police Department named its newest helicopter “Halo,” in honor of the Corona name, which means “circle of light” as seen around the moon at night or crown. A tree and park benches will also memorialize Officer Corona in Arbuckle. 

Colusa County Supervisor Merced Corona said the family was honored by the outpouring of support and the gestures to remember his daughter. ■