Bill to name Fairview Post Office after fallen soldier headed to President’s desk

A soldier from Fairview who was killed in action in Afghanistan is closer to having his hometown post office named his honor.

Rep. Cheri Bustos’ bill to rename the Fairview Post Office the Sgt. Douglas Riney Post Office had already passed the House and after being approved by Senate last Wednesday is headed for President Donald Trump’s desk.

Riney was a native of Fairview and served on the town’s volunteer fire department.

He died of wounds sustained by enemy fire in October of 2016.

He was survived by a wife and two children when he was laid to rest at 26 years old.

Bustos in a statement says “Although we will never be able to make up for the loss of the Sgt. Riney, my hope is that this post office will serve as a small token of appreciation for a brave hero who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.”

The East Moline Democrat filed the bill in November of last year.

Riney was awarded with such decorations as the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, four Army achievement medals and several other honors from the United States Army, Defense Department and NATO.

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