PUSHMATAHA COUNTY, Okla. (KTEN) — Drivers in Pushmataha County will now see a sign on State Highway 271 honoring a hometown highway patrol legend.

It all started with a fishing trip. Don Henley, a young state trooper, cast his line in the waters of Pushmataha County.

That love story came full circle on a stretch of Highway 271 now dedicated in his honor.

"I was raised up when Don was a highway patrolman. He was very fair to everybody; he was a family man, a community man, a godly man, and he treated everyone the same," said Mike Wood, who started the process of the memorial.

Oklahoma State Trooper Don Henley.

After being in progress for two-and-a-half years, a sign stands in tribute to Henley's long-lasting impact.

Serving the Oklahoma Highway patrol for 26 years, Henley continued to work as an investigator for the district attorney's office for nine years before he died in 2019.

"He met so many people and he had relationships with people that he knew who they were, and they knew who he was. He had an extremely good career, a very happy career," said Mike Henley, the son of Don. "It will be one of those things that will be an honor every time I go by, coming and going and seeing it will always be something that I remember."

As drivers pass the newly named segment of State Highway 271, they will be reminded of Henley's commitment to keeping it safe.