Fallen N.H. officer’s father asks lawmakers to honor his son

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The father of slain Franconia Cpl. Bruce McKay is calling on New Hampshire lawmakers to honor his son by naming a part of a highway after him.

N. Bruce McKay wrote in an opinion piece published Monday in the New Hampshire Union Leader that he would be proud if lawmakers could acknowledge his son’s efforts.

A House committee has voted to study a plan to name a stretch of Interstate 93 for McKay. The committee wants time to hear from the town and surrounding communities.

McKay was shot to death in May by Easton resident Liko Kenney. A passer-by then shot Kenney to death.

At a hearing on the proposal, some area residents and a member of Kenney’s family said they opposed it.

The incident divided the town. Some believe McKay should be honored. Others believe the officer pushed Kenney to the breaking point with aggressive police tactics

Now McKay’s father is weighing in before the full House votes on the committee’s recommendation. He says he does not understand those who argue his son is responsible for his own death somehow. He says honoring his son is an attempt by Franconia to acknowledge the men and women who put themselves in harm’s way.

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