The Hawthorne Post Office may soon be renamed after support from state political figures.
The House of Representative Bill 5205, requests that the name of the Hawthorne Post Office be renamed after Sgt. Kenneth E. Bostic, a native of Hawthorne who died while in the line of duty while serving in Iraq in 2006.
Introduced by U.S. House of Representative member Ruben Kihuen, the bill is gaining support from U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto who wrote a letter to U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson and Ranking Member Claire McCaskill.
“Naming this post office for Army Sergeant Kenneth Eric Bostic, a hometown hero who gave his life in the defense of others, would be a fitting tribute to honor his memory and service to our country,” wrote Cortez Masto in a press statement. “I am proud to offer my support for this bill, and appreciate your consideration of this legislation before the end of the 115th Congress.”
In her letter to Chairman Johnson and Ranking Member McCaskill, Cortez Masto writes about Bostic.
“Kenneth Eric Bostic was born on June 3rd, 1985, to Patricia Thyne and James Bostic of Hawthorne, Nevada. Bostic played varsity football and baseball alongside his brother Dwayne, at Mineral County High School. He is remembered by friends and family as a leader with a huge heart, who never shied away from a challenge, and always went the extra mile in his commitment to serve others.”
“Army Sergeant Bostic achieved his dream of becoming police officer when he was assigned to the 204th Military Police Company, 519th Military Police Battalion, 1st Combat Support Brigade based in Fort Polk, Louisiana. Sergeant Bostic completed a deployment in Afghanistan before requesting to be deployed to Iraq. Sergeant Bostic was attacked and killed by sniper fire on October 20, 2006 during a check point search to find a missing soldier in Baghdad, Iraq. His selfless sacrifice protected the lives of his fellow soldiers as he ordered them to stay at a safe distance as he approached a suspicious vehicle. He was only 21 years old,” Cortez Masto wrote.
The naming of the post office humbles his brother, Dwayne, who still resides in Hawthorne.
“It’s awesome and I am very honored that at the gesture given to my brother. Thank you to all who have done amazing things to make this happen,” Dwayne said.
“This is a huge honor but I don’t want us to forget about the other servicemen who have come out of our great town who have also sacrificed all,” he concluded.