James Bonneau was an officer serving on the Jackson police force for two years. He was 26 when he was shot and killed by a suspect he was investigating for a domestic disturbance call. Sponsoring Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) said of his choice to honor Bonneau the bill:
"What happened that day is a tragedy and we can never erase the pain Officer Bonneau's family went through and is still going through. We can, however, honor his memory and commitment to the citizens of Jackson."