Congressman Crowley Introduces Bill to Rename Bronx Post Office After Fallen Soldier, Private Isaac T. Cortes
Washington, D.C. —Today, Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), introduced legislation to rename the post office on West Avenue in the Bronx after Private Isaac T. Cortes, an Army soldier and Bronx native who was killed in Iraq in 2007.
“Pvt. Isaac T. Cortes served his country honorably and renaming the post office after him will serve as a reminder to us all of his courage, integrity and sacrifice,” said Congressman Crowley. “Born and raised in the Bronx, Pvt. Cortes embodies the best ideals of the community and I am proud to honor his memory and his service by introducing this legislation.”
Pvt. Cortes was raised in the Parkchester neighborhood of the Bronx and attended Christopher Columbus High School. He enlisted in the Army on November 21, 2006, completed his individual infantry training course in Fort Benning, Ga., and then moved on to Fort Drum before being deployed to Iraq in September 2007.
On November 27, 2007, Pvt. Cortes was one of two soldiers killed when an improvised explosive device was detonated near his vehicle in Amerli, Iraq, approximately 100 miles north of Baghdad. In honor of his service, Pvt. Cortes was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.
Congressman Crowley is the six-term representative from the 7th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx.