A change.org petition to name the 1-85/I-385 interchange after fallen Greenville Police Officer Allen Jacobs has racked up more than 19,000 signatures, as of Friday morning.
This comes after dueling South Carolina lawmakers proposed naming the interchange after President Trump and President Obama.
The petition urged lawmakers to select a “local hero” as the namesake for the interchange.
“There is not a better choice for this honor and we believe the citizens of Greenville will agree,” wrote Luke Plessinger, a friend of Jacobs who created the petition. “We are imploring our legislators to consider this for a vote and pass it.”
The petition caught the attention of SC State Rep. Bobby Cox, who submitted a resolution on Feb. 6 to name the interchange after Jacobs. Cox said in a statement that he believed President Trump would prefer naming the interchange after Jacobs as opposed to himself.
“I have met President Trump and I share in his appreciation for law enforcement and the military,” Cox said in the statement. “I believe he would approve of a local interchange being named for a local hero who sacrificed it all in the line of duty.”
Today I will submit a resolution to name the I-385/85 interchange in honor of fallen Greenville Police Officer Allen Jacobs. A local interchange should be named for a local hero. pic.twitter.com/e1SdiJ7Qup
— Bobby J. Cox 🇺🇸 (@BobbyCoxSC) February 6, 2020
Jacobs, a member of the Greenville Police SWAT team, was shot and killed on March 18, 2016, while chasing a suspect.
The petition asks that the interchange be named the “Officer Allen Jacobs Memorial Interchange.”
“There is no way we can repay the debt we owe Allen Jacobs and his family,” Plessinger wrote in the petition. “We can, however, show a small bit of gratitude for his service to our community.”