FORT MILL, SC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A portion of Carowinds Boulevard will be renamed this Friday in honor of a York County detective who was shot and killed in the line of duty.
York County Sheriff's Office Det. Mike Doty died on Jan. 17 after he and three other law enforcement officers were shot while responding to a domestic violence call.
"This is just a small return that we can memorialize Mike with. He meant a lot here. He worked this area," said York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson.
He says Detective Mike Doty worked to keep drugs off the street along Carowinds Boulevard. The sign is a testament to his work.
Det. Doty would have turned 38-years-old on Friday. To honor him and his family on Doty's would-be birthday, state and county officials dedicated a section of Carowinds Blvd. in Doty's name at 11 a.m. Friday.
The portion of Carowinds Blvd. from the North Carolina-South Carolina border to the junction of Carowinds Blvd. and Interstate-77 in York County has been renamed the “Detective Mike Doty Memorial Highway."
"I hope one day we can drive by here and not feel the sadness we feel today, but one day we can drive by here and feel proud and happy and memorialize Mike," said Tolson.
Mike's twin brother Chris, his parents, family and friends gathered at the state line to pay tribute. Cindy Gallagher brought a legacy book for one of Mike's closest friends.
"This is in tribute to Mike and how he served for us and hopefully it will be a great memento for his family."
She says she knew mike from working at 911 dispatch. She's retired now, but the sense of family among first responders never retires.
"It's a really nice book. Hopefully it will bring some memories to hold onto in the future."
Representatives Tommy Pope and Gary Simrill were also at the dedication.
Pope said, "We always want to honor and support the folks who honor and protect us."
To read the full bill filed in the South Carolina General Assembly, click here.