Post office re-named after Sikh American Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal

Wednesday 13th October 2021 06:53 EDT

Houston: US Representative Lizzie Fletcher officially dedicated the renaming of the post office located at 315 Addicks Howell Road in the Houston, Texas, area to the "Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal Post Office."

"From now on, the Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal Post Office will be a permanent reminder of his service, his sacrifice, and his example for us all," said Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher in a statement. "He was widely regarded as a role model for Americans of all faiths wishing to serve their communities and an example of how one person can change our community for the better."

The Sikh American, Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal was shot and killed on Sept. 27, 2019, during a routine traffic stop in Harris County, Texas. A 10-year police veteran, Dhaliwal made history when the Harris County Sheriff's Office amended their uniform policy for Sikhs to serve with their beards and dastaars (Sikh turban) while on patrol. He became the first HCSO deputy to be allowed to wear a turban and articles of the Sikh faith, while on duty.

“It has been an honor to lead this effort to honor the life and contributions of Deputy Dhaliwal by naming the Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal Post Office in his memory,” said Fletcher. “This post office will be a permanent reminder of his service, his sacrifice, and his example for us all. Deputy Dhaliwal’s remarkable life of service to others - working for equality, connection, understanding, and community - exemplifies the very best of Houston,” continued Fletcher. “I am grateful to our Sikh community partners, including the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund and SALDEF regional director Bobby Singh, who have been true partners in this effort to remember and honor him."

Over the past two years, Bobby Singh has worked hand in hand with Rep. Fletcher and the local congressional delegation to ensure that the memory of Deputy Dhaliwal’s service and sacrifice is preserved. “Dhaliwal did not set out to be a trailblazer, he simply approached life with a caring heart, a generous spirit, and a warmth that brought people together,” said Bobby Singh.

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