JUNEAU - Fred Zharoff, former state senator from Kodiak, is being honored by having a bridge named after him. Zharoff died on Feb. 6 at age 57.
The Near Island Bridge in Kodiak has been renamed the Senator Fred Zharoff Memorial Bridge.
Zharoff grew up in Kodiak and began commercial fishing when he was 16. He worked as a laborer and longshoreman and served in the Alaska Army National Guard in the 1960s. He taught elementary school for 18 years.
In 1979, Zharoff was elected to the state House of Representatives. He served in the House for three years before being elected to the Senate, where he served for 18 years.