The post office in Fairview has been officially renamed the Sergeant Douglas J. Riney Post Office.
U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-17) was joined by Fairview’s fire chief, other officials and Riney’s family during a ceremony Friday.
Bustos sponsored the legislation renaming Riney’s hometown post office in his honor.
“The naming of the Fairview post office is just a small way that we, as a community, can show our appreciation for Sgt. Riney who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation,” Bustos said. “We hope that by renaming the post office it serves as an enduring reminder of his service and his inspiration to others who will go on and serve.”
Riney was born and raised in Fairview. He graduated from Spoon River Valley High School and was a volunteer firefighter before he joined the U.S. Army.
Riney died in October 2016 in Kabul. Riney was a recipient of the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal and the Purple Heart.
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