Bristol post office to be renamed for local hero

By John Krinjak

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BRISTOL, R.I. (WLNE) — The U.S. Senate has voted to honor a national hero in his hometown of Bristol. 

The town’s post office will soon bear the name of Army 1st Sgt. Andrew McKenna.

"Andrew wanted to be in the army since he was five years old//and he made it happen," said his mother Carol McKenna. 

Sgt. McKenna died in an insurgent attack in Afghanistan in 2015.

While fighting to protect his brothers and sisters in uniform. 

"He saved over 300 lives that night," said Carol McKenna. 

McKenna’s death came just weeks after he was honored at Bristol’s 4th of July parade receiving an award from Sen. Jack Reed. 

"This will remind future generations that his great sacrifice, his great spirit will inspire others to do the same to protect this great country," said Reed. 

McKenna’s parents say the timing of this honor–just days before the historic celebration–is only fitting.

"It’s sort of ironic. He used to come home every year. He would always have a hard time getting leave, but he would always be back in the summertime. If he wasn’t deployed he’d be here for 4th of July," said Peter McKenna. 

Andrew McKenna’s parents hope that by having his name etched in such a public place, it’ll remind this community of who he was and the sacrifice he made.

"He’ll never be forgotten. His name will live on, his story will live on long after we’re gone," said Carol McKenna. 

The bill now heads to President Trump to be signed into law.

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