BIG RAPIDS, Mich. — Ferris State University says it’s honoring the man who founded its criminal justice program 37 years ago by naming its firing range for him.

The Big Rapids school says it will call the facility the Dr. Robert L. Parsons Law Enforcement Training Center.

Parsons retired in 2002 and now is a professor emeritus at Ferris. The school says 3,000 students have graduated from the criminal justice program since it opened in 1972.

Ferris says Parsons has been a major fundraiser for the justice program, bringing in more than $8 million for weapons certification and training efforts.

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