Sgt. Riney died defending our freedom in Kabul, Afghanistan on October 19, 2016 leaving behind his wife Kylie, his two children, James and Elea, and a community that will never forget his sacrifice
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives in support of her bill to rename the Post Office in his hometown of Fairview, Illinois as the “Sergeant Douglas J. Riney Post Office.” Born and raised in Fairview, Sgt. Riney graduated from Spoon River Valley High School and also volunteered as a firefighter with the Fairview Fire Protection Unit before joining the Army. A recipient of the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal and the Purple Heart, Sgt. Riney died on October 19, 2016 in Kabul, Afghanistan where he was serving as part of the Support Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, from Fort Hood, Texas.
Bustos’ bill to rename the Fairview Post Office in honor of Sgt. Riney passed the House and will now move to the Senate as the next step.
Below are Congresswoman Bustos’ remarks as prepared:
Congresswoman Cheri Bustos
Floor Speech: H.R. 2672 – 115th Congress
November 15th, 2017
I rise today in support of my bill, which would designate the post office in Fairview, Illinois, as the Sergeant Douglas J. Riney Post Office.
Sergeant Riney, who died on October 19, 2016, of wounds received from hostile enemy forces in Kabul, Afghanistan, lived a life dedicated to service.
After he graduated from Spoon River Valley High School, Sergeant Riney became a volunteer firefighter with the Fairview Fire Protection District.
He was known as a man who could always be counted on in his community…
A man who felt a calling to serve.
And so he joined the Army, entering active duty in July of 2012.
Sergeant 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, Sergeant Riney excelled at his work.
Throughout his time in the Army, Sergeant Riney was repeatedly recognized with commendations, including the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and the Army Commendation Medal.
At home, Sergeant Riney lived with his wife, Kylie, and their two children, Elea and James.
He is survived by his loving family: his father and stepmother, Dave and Kristie Riney; his mother and stepfather, Pam and Don Boland; his brother, Jeff Budd, and sister, Stacey Budd; two step-brothers, Bryce and Kole Vaughn; and one step-sister, Ashlie Herrin.
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.
The naming of the Fairview post office is just a small token of our appreciation for Sergeant Riney, who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.
While we can never fill the hole left in this family, the Fairview community, or the nation, I hope this post office will serve as a proud commemoration of a man who dedicated his life to serving others, and as an inspiration to those who hear his name.
On behalf of the hardworking men and women of the Illinois 17th Congressional District, we will never forget the service of Sgt. Douglas Riney. And we will always honor his sacrifice.
I thank my colleagues for consideration of this bill.