Gaskill presents resolution to honor officer


State Sen. Mike Gaskill (R-Pendleton) presents a resolution to rename part of State Road 13 in Elwood in honor of slain Elwood police officer Noah Shahnavaz. Gaskill was joined by (from left) Elwood Chief of Police Jason Brizendine, Shahnavaz’s brother Elijah, parents Laurie and Matt, sister Sarah, and Elwood Assistant Chief of Police Kyle Comer.

INDIANAPOLIS — State Sen. Mike Gaskill (R-Pendleton) presented a resolution recently seeking to rename a one-mile section of State Road 13 in Elwood the “Officer Noah Jacob Shahnavaz Memorial Mile.”
“Officer Shahnavaz was known for his caring personality, honesty and integrity,” Gaskill said in a press release. “His loss is felt through our entire state, and I pray for his family and friends as they continue to endure this tragedy each day.”
Shahnavaz was killed in the line of duty during a traffic stop last year, the press release states. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served on Elwood Police Department for 11 months. The resolution provides a way for Hoosiers to honor Shahnavaz’s service.
While reading Senate Concurrent Resolution 5, Gaskill was joined by Officer Shahnavaz’s parents, Matt and Laurie; siblings Sarah and Elijah; and Elwood Police Chief Jason Brizendine and Assistant Chief Kyle Comer.
The resolution passed the Senate and moves to the House, press secretary Samantha Deese said via email. If it passes there, it would fall to Indiana Department of Transportation to implement, with considerations such as signage, a ceremony and more, she said.
The section of roadway begins at 1795 S. Anderson St. and ends one mile south on State Road 13.
Gaskill, one of three authors of the resolution, represents Senate District 25, which includes Madison County and parts of Hamilton County.


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