WARRENVILLE – Efforts continue to get the Warrenville Post Office named in honor of 2003 Wheaton Warrenville South High School graduate Jeffrey Allen Williams, who was killed in 2005 while serving as a U.S. Army medic in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Wheaton City Council member Mike Barbier, who graduated with Williams and played basketball and football with him, is part of a new effort to get the Warrenville Post Office named in Williams' honor. After Williams passed, his mother tried unsuccessfully to name the Warrenville Post Office in honor of her son.
Barbier and others initially were going through the office of U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Wheaton. The honorary naming requires an Act of Congress, he said.
"We worked with Roskam's staff to provide all the necessary information and material needed for an honorary post office naming," Barbier said. "Peter Roskam's office informed us that he had drafted the bill and was ready to pursue co-sponsorship within the Illinois congressional delegation."
But then they found out that because the physical location of the post office is in Congressional District 14, U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Plano, needed to be the official author of the bill. He is now part of the effort, Barbier said.
"The bill has been drafted and co-signed by the Illinois congressional delegation," Barbier said. "Right now, I think they need to get it on the voting calendar. Because unless it's actually brought before everyone, they can't vote on it."
An online petition to rename the post office in his honor garnered more than 1,300 signatures. The petition is addressed to President Donald Trump, Roskam, Hultgren, state Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, and other officials.
"We believe that his service and sacrifice should be honored with the naming of the Warrenville Post Office," the petition states.
In addition, the Winfield Township Board of Trustees in October approved a resolution support the effort. Williams had a close connection to the Warrenville Post Office. Because Williams' mom has a congenital heart problem, he ended up running many errands to the post office, Barbier said.
Williams was deployed to Iraq in February 2005 with the ambulance platoon and assigned as a medic for the Regimental Commander’s Personal Security Detachment. The commander in Tal Afar, Iraq, was Col. H.R. McMaster, who is currently the U.S. national security adviser.
Williams earned several medals, including the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon. Williams had intended to continue his college education and become a physician’s assistant after his return from Iraq.