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Legislation passes renaming Biloxi post office after fallen police officer

Robert McKeithen
Robert McKeithen was killed in the line of duty in May 2019 (Photo courtesy of Biloxi Police Department)

The U.S. Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would rename a Biloxi post office after Robert McKeithen, a police officer killed in the line of duty in 2019.

HR.3175, with the signature of President Joe Biden, will designate the postal facility at 135 Main Street as the “Robert S. McKeithen Post Office.” McKeithen, a 24-year veteran of the Biloxi Police Department, was ambushed and killed outside of headquarters in May 2019.

“Nothing will restore Officer McKeithen to his family, fellow officers, and friends, but this postal facility will serve as a tribute to and reminder of a brave man who dedicated his life to his nation and his state,” Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., said.

McKeithen, who received the Medal of Valor for his efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, was also a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, where he earned the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Air Force Achievement Medal.

Representative Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., originally introduced the legislation honoring McKeithen with the rest of the state’s Congressional Delegation joining as cosponsors.

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