- Associated Press - Saturday, October 11, 2014

ALDEN, N.Y. (AP) - A western New York post office has been dedicated to a hometown soldier killed in Afghanistan.

A plaque honoring Army Sgt. Brett Gornewicz was unveiled Friday in the town of Alden, east of Buffalo. It will be permanently installed at the U.S. Post Office there.

Gornewicz was on his second deployment with the Army Reserves in November 2012 when he was fatally injured by an improvised explosive device that struck his vehicle.

Before his death, Gornewicz had been awarded a Bronze Star with Valor for risking his life to save a fellow soldier during a firefight.

Rep. Chris Collins and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand sponsored the post office dedication legislation, which was signed by President Barack Obama in August.

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