House passes bill to rename Columbia post office in memory of fallen soldier

3 months 5 hours 46 minutes ago Monday, July 16 2018 Jul 16, 2018 Monday, July 16, 2018 6:51:00 PM CDT July 16, 2018 in News
By: Leo Rocha, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to rename the Columbia post office located on Walnut Street after fallen soldier Spc. Sterling William Wyatt.

Wyatt was born and raised in Columbia and graduated from Rock Bridge High School in 2009. Shortly after, he joined the U.S. Army and was assigned to the 20th Infantry Regiment at Joint Base Lewis-McCord, Washington. On July 11, 2012, 21-year-old Wyatt was killed by an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

H.R. 4960 was introduced by Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, Missouri's 4th District representative, after receiving letters about Wyatt from her constituents last fall.

“I am deeply moved and humbled by Sterling’s willingness to serve his country and, sadly, pay the ultimate sacrifice to preserve the freedoms we cherish," Hartzler said in a press release. "It is my hope that by naming the downtown Columbia Post Office in his memory we will forever honor his life of selfless service and inspire future generations to serve others, as well."

The bill will now head to the Senate for further voting.

(Editor's note: We have edited the story to include the correct high school Wyatt attended.)

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