A legislation has been introduced in the US Congress to name a post office in Houston after slain Indian-American Sikh police officer Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal, who was shot dead on duty during a traffic stop in Texas in September, to recognise his ultimate sacrifice.
Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX) introduced legislation to honor Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal’s memory by renaming a post office at 315 Addicks Howell Road in Houston in his honor.
"Deputy Dhaliwal represented the very best of our community...he worked for equality, connection, and community through his life of service to others," Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher said as she introduced the legislation that calls for naming the post office located at 315 Addicks Howell Road as the 'Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal Post Office'.
"The Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal Post Office will serve as a permanent reminder of his service, his sacrifice, and his example for us all. I am honoured to be able to recognise Deputy Dhaliwal in this way, and look forward to working with all of my Texas colleagues to pass this legislation quickly," Fletcher said.
"This is a fitting honour for my late friend, Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal. As a member of the community, he inspired many-with a vibrant spirit and infectious optimism. His loss has left a void, but his legacy will continue to live on through his family, friends, and the entire community,” said Harris County Commissioner Adrian Garcia.
"Deputy Dhaliwal was a committed member of our office and community who served with the utmost integrity. Thanks to Congresswoman Fletcher for honouring his service and sacrifice with the introduction of this legislation," said Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.
Pyara Singh Dhaliwal, father of Deputy Dhaliwal said: "The support and kindness we have received from the Houston community and people around the country has been both inspiring and comforting in this difficult time.
My family is grateful to Congresswoman Fletcher for her work to recognize my son's legacy and his love for the people of this city. We urge everyone, Sikh or not, to remember Sandeep by following his example of seva and committing to doing good for those around you wherever you live."
Sim J. Singh, Senior Manager of Policy and Advocacy for the Sikh Coalition said: “We are grateful to Congresswoman Fletcher and the entire Houston delegation for their continued efforts to recognize Deputy Dhaliwal and his impact. We will continue to work to find ways to honor the deputy’s legacy and ensure that Sikh Americans can serve in all professions, including uniformed public service.
Last month, the Houston Police Department announced a policy allowing officers to wear articles of faith while on duty, becoming the largest law enforcement agency in Texas to do so.