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Town Renames Post Office To Honor NJ Marine

Tribute To Fallen US Servicemen (credit: AP)

Tribute To Fallen US Servicemen (credit: AP)

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WESTWOOD, N.J. (WCBS 880/AP) – A Bergen County town renamed its post office in honor of a fallen Marine who grew up in the community.

Postal officials and political leaders attended the 11 a.m. ceremony Saturday to rename the Westwood Post Office for Marine Sgt. Christopher R. Hrbek, who was killed in Afghanistan in January.


Listen: WCBS 880′s Monica Miller reports.

Hrbek stepped on an improvised explosive device in Helmand Province.

The 25-year-old graduate of Westwood High School previously served three tours of duty in Iraq. “Sergeant Hrbek was, had been a volunteer fireman in Westwood for nine years,” a worker from the U.S. Postal Service said.

U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett sponsored the legislation to honor Hrbek and President Obama signed it in June.

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