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Post office to be named in honor of fallen soldier from Alden

The U.S. Post Office in Alden will be named after an Army reservist who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2012.

President Barack Obama has signed the legislation to name the facility at 13127 Broadway after Sgt. Brett E. Gornewicz, who was among three soldiers from the 444th Engineering Company killed when a roadside bomb exploded in November 2012 in Paktia Province. The legislation was sponsored earlier this year by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence.

The 27-year-old Alden High School graduate enlisted in the reserves in 2006 and went to Iraq on his first deployment. Earlier in 2012, he was awarded a Bronze Star with Valor after saving a life during a firefight in Afghanistan.

“As we see this legislation come to fruition, we are grateful that as a nation we recognize Brett’s sacrifice,” his parents, Jack and Margaret, said in a statement.