According to an announcement made by Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher, the Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal Post Office Act unanimously passed the full House of Representatives with unanimous support on Monday.
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The bill will rename the post office located at 315 Addicks Howell Road in west Harris County to the "Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal Post Office."
"Deputy Dhaliwal represented the very best of our community: he worked for equality, connection, and community through his life of service to others," said Fletcher. "The Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal Post Office will serve as a permanent reminder of his service, his sacrifice, and his example for us all. I am glad that my legislation to honor his memory is one step closer to final passage."
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"It's historic and it's a meaningful gesture to the Sikh community," said senior manager for policy and advocacy for the Sikh Coalition, Sim Singh.
Singh said Dhaliwal was a hero to the community and many religious minorities who aspired to have a career in public service. He said they are still continuing to fight for religious equality, a road Dhaliwal helped build.
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The death of the beloved deputy sparked massive change within the sheriff's department. He was the very first Harris County deputy to be allowed to wear his turban while on-duty.
"Sikh Americans have been integral to the American fabric for generations," explained Singh. "We're your truck drivers, your doctors, your soldiers, police officers and more."
The bill will now head to the U.S. Senate for a vote, and Singh believes it will likely pass. He said Dhaliwal's father is extremely proud.
"He is overwhelmed by this naming the post office, so it's an honor for him to see his son's memory memorialized in such a great national platform," he said.