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Tyrone Post Office Will Stay Open and Honor Fallen Soldier Christopher Scott
TYRONE (WENY) -- It was just two days ago that President Obama signed legislation to rename the Tyrone Post Office after fallen soldier Christopher Scott. Tonight dozens of people showed up to the Tyrone Fire Hall, concerned the honor would disappear.
The Tyrone Post office was one of thousands effected by widespread cuts made by the United States Postal Service, that risked possible closure. Community members showed up to an informational meeting hosted by a U-S-P-S, representative, to learn the fate of the Tyrone Post office. Citizens took a sigh of relief when they found out the post office will remain open and Christopher Scotts' name will live on.
“Christopher Scott lived not a quarter of a mile away from this post office. It's a small post office in a small town but its our way of realizing and honoring him and recognizing his sacrifice for everybody and our country ,” says Tyrone resident, Pam Grimmke.
The Postmaster Patricia Ingraham says in all her years of working, the hardest thing she ever had to do was lower the flag to half staff, at the request of Christopher's dad. Congressman Reeds' District director attended Chris's funeral and says he saw the community come together like you wouldn't believe. “The gymnasium at the high school was full. This community had really embraced that family,” says Joseph Sempolinski.