COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina is honoring a state trooper killed in the line of duty more than 50 years ago by naming a stretch of highway in Clarendon County in his honor.

The Department of Public Safety says part of U.S. Highway 15 near Summerton has been named in honor of John Ray Riddle.

Riddle was a trooper who died in January 1961 when his cruiser crashed head on into a truck while he was on patrol.

Riddle was born in Saluda County and joined the Highway Patrol just months before he died.

Riddle's son and other family members attended a ceremony to honor the fallen officer.

Highway Patrol Col. Mike Oliver says the signs honoring fallen officers are a very visible reminder of the sacrifice of public service.