Assemblymember Irwin introduces resolution to honor Sgt. Ron Helus by dedicating portion of Highway 101

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SACRAMENTO – On the day that the State Assembly adjourned in the memory of the 12 Borderline shooting victims, Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D – Thousand Oaks) introduced Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 17 to name a portion of U.S. Highway 101 to honor Ventura County Sergeant Ron Helus. Sgt. Helus was killed in the line of duty while responding to the active shooter threatening the lives of more than 200 college students and residents on November 7th, 2018 in Thousand Oaks.

“Although this is a small gesture, I hope that by dedicating a stretch of a highway traveled by so many in the region, we can continue to be reminded of Ron’s legacy of service and sacrifice to our community,” Assemblymember Irwin said.

The resolution will designate the 3.4 mile section of Highway 101 between Hampshire Road and Lynn Road as the Sgt. Ron Helus Memorial Highway. This stretch of highway is immediately adjacent to the Borderline Bar & Grill, the location of the shooting, which for many years has served as a gathering place for the Thousand Oaks community.

“Just as was done for Deputy Kostiuchenko a few years ago, naming a portion of Highway 101 for a fallen officer is one of the highest honors the state can bestow,” said Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub.  “I am grateful to Assemblywoman Irwin for authoring this resolution to honor Sgt. Helus.”