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
FAIRVIEW, IL —Today Congresswoman Bustos announced that her bill renaming the Fairview Post Office as the “Sergeant Douglas J. Riney Post Office” has been signed into law. The bill reached the president’s desk after passing through the House and 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.
“Although we will never be able to make up for the loss of Sgt. Riney, I hope this post office serves as an enduring reminder of the brave and selfless legacy of a local hero,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “Too often, we take for granted the tremendous sacrifices made by our brave men and women in uniform. While Sgt. Riney has left this world, in years to come generations of Illinoisans will remember and honor his service through this memorial.”
In the coming weeks, there will be a dedication ceremony at the Sergeant Douglas J. Riney Post Office.