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House Passes Bill Honoring Jose Hernandez

On Tuesday, the House passed H.R. 813, designating the postal facility located at 1050 Sunset Road Southwest in Albuquerque, NM, as the “Jose Hernandez Post Office Building.”

Hernandez was an Albuquerque Branch 504 member who was shot and killed on his route on Monday, April 22, 2019, after trying to defuse a domestic dispute. Hernandez was an Army veteran, a 12-year carrier and father of four.

The post office, previously referred to as “Five Points Station,” is the first dedicated to a letter carrier in New Mexico.

“The death of Jose Hernandez was devastating news for our community and almost two years later, we continue to mourn the loss,” said New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland (D-01) upon introduction of the measure in early February. “Our letter carriers and postal workers shouldn’t have to worry about their safety when they go to work. Jose was dedicated to his community, to the point of putting his life on the line for them. We’re reintroducing this bill, so our community can always remember Jose Hernandez as the hero that he was—one who went above and beyond his duty.”

“Jose Hernandez lost his life doing what so many letter carriers do every day on the route—watching out for the safety and well-being of their customers,” said NALC President Fredric Rolando. “While there is no celebration in his tremendous loss, NALC appreciates Congress recognizing and honoring Jose Hernandez and his heroism.”