Thursday morning, State Representative Jeff Leach filed House Bill 540 to honor the life and legacy of David Sherrard, a Richardson Police officer who was killed in the line of duty earlier this year.
On Feb. 7, Officer Sherrard responded to a disturbance call at an apartment complex in the 4200 block of Renner Road. He entered one of the apartment units and a suspect returned gunfire. He was transported to Medical City Plano, where he later died from his injuries. In honor of his bravery, the bill proposed to rename a section of U.S. Highway 75 the "Officer David Sherrard Memorial Highway.” The section of highway is within the city of Richardson - south of President George Bush Turnpike and north of the Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway, or Interstate 635.
"My hope is that this memorial will bring a sense of joy to his family and honor and pride to his fellow officers who continue to serve us faithfully and courageously every day," Leach said.
Officer Sherrard served Richardson PD for 13 years, where he served on the SWAT Team for a decade. He is survived by his wife, Nicole Sherrard and daughters, Emily and Grace Sherrard of Murphy, Texas; sister, Cristal Goings of Mesquite; brother Mark Sherrard of Mesquite; and parents, Alvin and Margaret Sherrard of Dallas.
"The renaming of U.S. 75 to the 'Officer David Sherrard Memorial Highway' is an honor that is justly deserved for our hero," Nicole Sherrard said. "While his absence from our lives will never be forgotten by our family and friends, this designation guarantees that for generations, people will remember Dave and the sacrifice he made for our community."
Richardson Police Chief Jimmy Spivey said in a press release, “We are profoundly grateful to Representative Jeff Leach for this legislation that will honor Officer David Sherrard. This Police Department and the citizens of Richardson will always be grateful for the sacrifice made by Officer Sherrard and his family. The naming of U.S. Highway 75 through the Richardson corridor will be an enduring gesture that will forever honor his service to this community.”
The 86th Legislative Session begins Jan. 8.