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New legislation to name local post office after fallen soldier

Rochester, N.Y.- Legislation has passed the Senate to rename the Rochester Main Post Office after a local soldier killed in Afghanistan last year.

Army Specialist Theodore Matthew Glende, was killed while assisting wounded fellow soldiers during combat.

Spc. Glende died a hero to his friends, family and the entire Rochester community, said Senator Chuck Schumer. He gave his life for his country while aiding his fellow soldiers during battle in Afghanistan.  Renaming this post office, the one his wife still uses, is a necessary and appropriate way to honor Glendes heroic sacrifice and it will be a lasting message to his loved ones that the United States is continually grateful for his bravery and dedication.

The legislation will move to the House of Representatives for final passage.

A copy of Senator Schumers remarks submitted to the record appear below:

Mr. President, I speak today in strong support of S.1512, a bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1335 Jefferson Road in Rochester, New York, as the Specialist Theodore Matthew Glende Post Office.  

Specialist Glendes story reminds us that no gesture of thanks can adequately reflect the sacrifices made by our troops each and every day.  I would like to tell you about one amazing New Yorker. Specialist Glende grew up on Park Avenue in Rochester, NY, graduated from McQuaid Jesuit High School in Brighton, and enrolled in ROTC as soon as he entered Niagara University. Three years into his college career and ROTC training, he learned that upon graduation his rank would be a Lieutenant in the Reserves. But his desire to serve on active duty in the Infantry was such that he left school a year early and enlisted in the Army, determined to work his way up.  He served in a unit stationed in Italy, and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2012.

In late July of last year, Specialist Glende and his unit came under attack by enemy forces. Some soldiers were wounded, and while the attack continued to rage around him, Specialist Glende went above and beyond the call of duty to help rescue these wounded soldiers and get them to safety.  Tragically, he sacrificed his life in the process.  Specialist Glendes family was told that he saved five soldiers from death before he was killed.

The federal government should go to any length to salute heroes like Specialist Glende for their courage under fire.  Specialist Glende gave his life for our great Nation, and we are now working to ensure that his memory serves as an example of impeccable character and exceptional patriotism.

He was steadfastly loyal and dedicated to his family, his young wife, and his country. I am humbled to be honoring his memory and paying tribute to his brave and heroic sacrifice with this legislation to dedicate the Rochester Main Post Office at 1335 Jefferson Road as the Specialist Theodore Matthew Glende Post Office.

Growing up on Park Avenue in Rochester and attending McQuaid Jesuit High School in Brighton, he was known as Matt to his family and friends. Later, when he met his future wife Alexandra while working alongside her at the Pittsford Wegmans grocery store, she would call him Theo.  But with the dedication of this Post Office, he will be remembered by his thankful hometown community once and for ever as Specialist Glende.

So, Mr. President, I urge all my colleagues to support this important bill, S.1512.  I yield the floor.

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