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WASHINGTON – The House on Tuesday approved a bill that aims to rename the U.S. Post Office in Alden after the late Army Sgt. Brett E. Gornewicz, an Alden native who died while serving in Afghanistan in November 2012.

“It is an honor to sponsor legislation naming a post office in the 27th district after a hometown hero,” said Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence. “Sergeant Gornewicz courageously served our country and made the ultimate sacrifice to defend our freedom. This post office will honor the memory of Sergeant Gornewicz, and ensure that his legacy of service and sacrifice lives on.”

The House approved the measure by voice vote, meaning it now moves on to the Senate, where Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., will push for passage.

“Sergeant Gornewicz represented the very best of Alden and all of New York,” Gillibrand said. “Naming the Alden Post Office after him will honor his legacy in the community he loved for all to proudly remember his life and his service.”

After being deployed to Afghanistan, Gornewicz and two other soldiers died when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb.

Under the legislation, the postal facility located at 13127 Broadway Street in Alden would be named the “Sergeant Brett E. Gornewicz Memorial Post Office.”