MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC) - Governor Kay Ivey signed several bills into law Wednesday including a bill renaming a portion of Interstate 59/20 after a fallen Birmingham police officer.
The bill renames the portion of 59/20 between Tallapoosa Street and Airport Boulevard the Sergeant Wytasha L. Carter Memorial Highway.
Sgt. Wytasha Carter was shot and killed in January responding to a car burglary call. His death shook Carter’s family, the police department, and the city.
“It’s the least we can do for someone who gives the ultimate sacrifice,” Rep. Allen Treadaway said. “I think it is important for the police department and for the citizens of the city of Birmingham, but also for the family, especially the family."
Sgt. Carter served in the north precinct and was popular with other officers and those in the community. He left behind a wife and family.
“I’ve been with the Birmingham Police Department for 30 years. I was hoping we would never have to do this again, but I’m committed, every time an officer loses his life in the line of duty we make sure we recognize that sacrifice,” Treadaway said.
ALDOT should have the signs up in about 60 to 90 days.