FAIRFIELD — A move by Solano County’s state senator to honor a slain Vallejo police officer and the famed World War II Tuskegee Airmen cleared a committee hurdle this week.
One measure would name the portion of Highway 37 between Interstate 80 and Highway 29 the Vallejo Police Officer James Capoot Memorial Highway.
The measure by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, is coauthored by Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, and supported by the city of Vallejo, Vallejo Police Department, Solano County of Supervisors and California Correctional Peace Officers Association.
Capoot, of Vacaville, served with the Vallejo Police Department for more than 18 years. He was shot and killed in the line of duty in 2011 while responding to a reported bank robbery. His suspected killer is awaiting trial.
Another measure would honor the Tuskegee Airmen and the contributions they made during World War II by designating the portion of Interstate 80 between Midway Road and the Highway 12 east interchange in the Solano County as the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Highway.
Wolk represents Travis Air Force Base, home to the Travis Air Museum, which features one of the largest collections of military aircraft on the West Coast, including an exhibit dedicated to the Tuskegee Airmen. Lt. Col. James Warren, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, is a Vacaville resident.
During World War II, the Tuskegee Airmen destroyed more than 1,000 enemy aircraft, received more than 150 Distinguished Flying Crosses and lost so few Allied bomber aircraft to enemy fighters that bomber crews specifically requested them for escort missions.
The measures cleared the state Assembly’s Transportation Committee. They moved to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
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