A publish workplace in west Houston has been renamed after Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal, in a becoming tribute to the trailblazing Indian-American Sikh police officer who died after being shot a number of instances from behind whereas on responsibility within the US state of Texas in 2019.
Dhaliwal, the beloved 42-year-old Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy and a father of three, was gunned down throughout a visitors cease on September 27. Dhaliwal made nationwide headlines in 2015 when he turned the primary police officer in Texas to serve whereas holding his Sikh articles of religion, together with a turban and beard.
“Our fallen brother Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal was honoured by renaming a postal office in west Harris County in his memory. We are grateful to the Texas delegation, Harris County Commissioners Court, United States Postal Office, & the Sikh community for honoring him,” Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) mentioned in a tweet on Wednesday.
Houston’s Sikh neighborhood and native elected officers and members of regulation enforcement gathered on Tuesday at a ceremony at 315 Addicks-Howell Road to dedicate the “Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal Post Office.”
“I am honoured to play a role in commemorating Deputy Dhaliwal’s remarkable life of selfless service,” mentioned Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher, who introduced the renaming laws to the US House of Representatives.
“He represented the very best of our community: he worked for equality, connection, and community through his life of service to others. I was glad to work with a bipartisan delegation, our community partners, and those in the Sikh community, to pass legislation to rename this building the Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal Post Office,” Fletcher mentioned.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez mentioned the “remarkable commemoration” serves as a everlasting reminder of Dhaliwal’s “lasting contributions to our community”.
“This will serve as a permanent reminder of Deputy Dhaliwal’s service, sacrifice, and example to us all. We are thankful to Congresswoman Fletcher and the entire Texas delegation for honouring a committed public servant who touched countless lives and served as a trailblazer. He was a true hero who inspired everyone to love their neighbours,” Gonzalez mentioned.
According to the sheriff, Dhaliwal joined the company as a detention officer in 2009 after feeling compelled to bridge the hole between regulation enforcement and the Sikh neighborhood.
He later turned a patrol deputy, main the way in which for different Sikhs to serve with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
“I’m thankful that visitors to the newly renamed post office will see his name and be encouraged to learn how special he was,” mentioned Commissioner Adrian Garcia, who initially employed Dhaliwal in his capability because the earlier sheriff of Harris County.
“Deputy Dhaliwal made the final word sacrifice to guard us, and he won’t ever be forgotten. I’m grateful to Representative Fletcher and the United States Postal Service for this necessary recognition.
Sandeep lived his life with the aim to unfold dignity and respect to all he got here involved with, and I’m hopeful that the Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal Post Office will encourage all who go to to comply with in Sandeep’s instance,” Garcia mentioned.
Father of the slain police officer Pyara Singh Dhaliwal expressed gratitude to the folks of Houston for his or her help.
“Since my son was taken from our family in a senseless act of violence, we have received an outpouring of support and love from the greater Houston community. We are so grateful and so honoured that Sandeep is being memorialised in this way-forever becoming a part of the city that he served faithfully both in and out of uniform,” he mentioned.
US Postal Service District Director Julie Wilbert, nonetheless, mentioned getting a publish workplace renamed was not a typical event and is reserved for a choose group of people.
“To put it in its proper perspective, the postal service has over 31,000 retail and post offices. There are less than 900 that have been dedicated in honour of an individual,” Wilbert mentioned.
Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) Southwest Regional Director Bobby Singh mentioned: “Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal did not set out to be a trailblazer, he simply approached life with a caring heart, a generous spirit, and a warmth that brought people together.”
“Along with the many friends here today, our community has been forever changed by his death but this building will forever serve as a recognition of his life. He lived the true American-and Houstonian-life,” he added.
In the wake of Dhaliwal’s demise, Fletcher led the complete Houston delegation in introducing a decision to honour the life and mourn the lack of the police officer and spoke on the House ground about his outstanding life and tragic demise.
In 2020, the Congresswoman’s invoice, H.R. 5317, the Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal Post Office Act, was handed and signed into regulation by then US President Donald Trump.
This is not the primary dedication for Deputy Dhaliwal. A 12 months after his demise, a portion of Beltway eight close to Highway 249 was renamed in his honour.
Since 2015, Dhaliwal was the “history-making” police officer in Texas to serve whereas holding his Sikh articles of religion. He was allowed to put on the turban and beard whereas patrolling the streets to be able to bolster cultural variety.
With this coverage, one of many largest sheriff’s places of work within the nation had affirmed that an individual doesn’t have to decide on between their religion and a profession of service. Since 9/11, misperceptions about Sikhs’ religiously-mandated turbans and beards have led an uptick to incidents of discrimination towards the neighborhood.
Policy modifications like that on the Harris County Sheriff Office and different regulation enforcement businesses throughout the nation aimed to fight this stigma whereas additionally giving certified women and men an opportunity to serve the neighborhood.
Dhaliwal labored with United Sikhs, a worldwide humanitarian aid and advocacy nonprofit, to assist organise the donation of truckloads of provides for first responders post-Harvey Hurricane that made landfall on Texas and Louisiana in August 2017.
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