West Rich­land post of­fice re­named for fallen Marine

Tri-City Herald - - Local News - — TRI-CITY HER­ALD STAFF

West Rich­land is home to the Sgt. Di­et­rich Sch­mie­man Post Of­fice after Pres­i­dent Trump signed the fa­cil­ity’s new name into law Thurs­day.

The post of­fice at 4801 W. Van Giesen St. has been re­named to honor the life and ser­vice of Sch­mie­man, a Rich­land res­i­dent who died in a mil­i­tary plane crash in Mis­sis­sippi in July 2017.

“It is our hope that the re­named fa­cil­ity will re­mind users not only of Di­et­rich, but of all those who have served un­der arms and given their all for our na­tion,” said his par­ents, Su­san and Eric Sch­mie­man on Rich­land.

A cer­e­mony is in the works, ac­cord­ing to Rep. Dan Ne­w­house, R-Wash.

He led the ef­fort to re­name the post of­fice with the sup­port of Sens. Patty Mur­ray and Maria Cantwell, both D-Wash.

Sgt. Sch­mie­man served in the Marine’s elite Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Com­mand and com­pleted two de­ploy­ments dur­ing Op­er­a­tion En­dur­ing Free­dom in Afghanistan.

“He served to pro­tect our free­dom, and I know this post of­fice will mean a lot to his com­mu­nity as a re­minder of his ded­i­ca­tion to our coun­try,” Ne­w­house said.

Di­et­rich Sch­mie­man

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