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—Last night, Congresswoman Bustos’ bill to rename the Fairview Post Office the “Sergeant Douglas J. Riney Post Office” after Fairview’s own fallen hero passed the Senate. 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.
“I am proud to see the bill renaming the Fairview Post Office in Honor of Sgt. Douglas Riney moving to the president’s desk to be signed into law,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “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.”
Bustos’ bill to rename the Fairview Post Office in honor of Sgt. Riney will now move to the President’s desk and is expected to be signed into law in the coming weeks.