Brentwood post office dedicated to fallen LI serviceman

A Brentwood post office was dedicated Monday to a fallen serviceman from Long Island.

News 12 Staff

Apr 8, 2019, 3:29 PM

Updated 1,874 days ago

Share:

A Brentwood post office was dedicated Monday to a fallen serviceman from Long Island.
U.S. Army Spc. Jose Ruiz was killed in combat in Mosul, Iraq, in August 2005. The 28-year-old left behind his parents, three siblings, his wife and baby daughter Liana.
Ruiz's stepfather, Eduardo King, says Ruiz met his daughter only once.
Ruiz died just two weeks before completing his tour of duty.
The Kings say they fought hard to have a permanent memorial in their son's name, and their wish came true Monday. A plaque was unveiled, dedicating the Brentwood post office to Ruiz during a special ceremony at the Brentwood Public Library.
U.S. Rep. Peter King introduced the legislation that made the dedication possible.
"The fact that he was willing to put his life on the line is a tremendous tribute to him, to his family, to the community of Brentwood, to the high school, to everyone around him," Rep. King says.
Ruiz's parents say their son loved the Brentwood community and his country. They say the Sept. 11 terror attacks inspired Ruiz to join the military.
For his courage on the battlefield, Ruiz was awarded nine medals, including the Purple Heart.


More from News 12