Bustos Introduces Legislation to Designate U.S. Post Offices after 17th District Fallen Heroes

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) introduced legislation that designates the U.S. Post Offices at 514 Broadway Street in Pekin, Illinois, as the “Lance Corporal Jordan S. Bastean Post Office,” and the Post Office at 520 Carter Street in Fairview, Illinois, as the “Sgt. Douglas J. Riney Post Office.”

“U.S. Army Sgt. Douglas J. Riney and U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Jordan S. Bastean were courageous American heroes who embodied what it meant to live a life of courage, loyalty and selfless service,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “I am proud to help honor the lives of these men who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our nation by introducing legislation to designate the Post Offices in Fairview and Pekin in their memory. Their courageous service has not only secured our freedom, but also kept our nation safe in times of conflict and danger. These designations will allow us to honor – today and every day – the lives and legacies of our fallen heroes.”

U.S. Army Sgt. Douglas J. Riney lived a life dedicated to service. Upon graduation from Spoon River Valley High School, Sgt. Riney became a volunteer firefighter with the Fairview Fire Protection District. In the United States Army, Sgt. Riney was deployed as part of Operation Enduring Freedom from July 2014 to February 2015. In June of 2016, he was again deployed to Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. As part of the Support Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, from Fort Hood, Texas, Sgt. Riney excelled at his work. Throughout his time in the Army, Sgt. Riney was repeatedly recognized with commendations including the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal. On the fateful day of October 19th, 2016, our nation lost one of its finest and the community of Fairview lost one of its best.

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Jordan S. Bastean knew from an early age that he wanted to serve our country, and trained for four years as a cadet of the JROTC at Pekin Community High School. Upon graduation, Lance Cpl. Bastean followed his calling and enlisted in the Marines and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force. His strength of character and determination were infectious. His devotion to his country was even inspiring to his father, Steve Bastean, who left civilian life to enlist himself. On October 23rd, 2011, tragedy struck while on tour during Operation Enduring Freedom. Lance Cpl. Bastean died a hero at the age of 19 while conducting combat operations in the Helmand province of Afghanistan.

 

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