The U.S. Postal Service facility on Stringtown Road in Grove City has been renamed in honor of Grove City native Joseph "Joey" Riley.

The U.S. Postal Service facility on Stringtown Road in Grove City has been renamed in honor of Grove City native Joseph "Joey" Riley.

A dedication ceremony of the Specialist Joseph W. Riley Grove City Post Office was scheduled for Friday, July 1.

Riley was serving with the U.S. Army in Kabul Province, Afghanistan, when a bomb exploded near his convoy Nov. 24, 2014, killing him. He was 27 years old.

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) was scheduled to host Friday's ceremony, which was also expected to include the participation of U.S. Postal Service representatives, Grove City Mayor Ike Stage and members of Riley's family.

The ceremony at American Legion Paschall Post 164 was to be followed by a procession to the post office at 2082 Stringtown Road for a plaque installation.

Courtney Riley Duncan, who works as a dispatcher with the Grove City Division of Police, said her brother would have been thrilled with the honor and the ceremony.

"He loved pomp and circumstance," she said.

"He would have been so proud to have this recognition in his hometown," Duncan said.

"The only thing he wouldn't have liked is that it's the 'Joseph' Riley Post Office," she said, laughing. "He was 'Joey,' my baby brother. That's how we all remember him."

The Riley family is touched by the honor, Duncan said.

"The effort Sen. Portman made to sponsor the legislation to rename the Grove City post office after Joey and to see it through, and then to realize it was something that landed on the president's desk and was signed by him, it's an amazing tribute to Joey," she said. "We're grateful and appreciative.

"Hopefully, when people visit this post office and see my brother's name, it will help them to remember him and the sacrifice he made and that so many other soldiers have made for all of us," Duncan said.

Since her brother's death, the community has rallied to support the family, she said.

"We've taken a lot of comfort and strength from the community's love and support," Duncan said.

Riley enlisted in the army in June 2012. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina in March 2013.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO medal, Combat Infantryman Badge and Basic Parachutist Badge.

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