Rep. Palazzo introduces bill to rename Biloxi post office in honor of fallen officer

Biloxi officer Robert McKeithen

Congressman Steven Palazzo introduced a bill that would designate the United States Post Office at 135 Main Street in Biloxi as the “Robert S. McKeithen Post Office Building.”

McKeithen died May 5, 2019, when he was shot while standing beside his patrol SUV in the parking lot of the Biloxi police department. He was on his regular night shift.

A University of Mississippi graduate and Air Force veteran, McKeithen became a police officer and worked at the Biloxi Police Department for 24 years. He was one of 13 officers in the department honored with the Medal of Valor for his rescue efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

“Robert McKeithen began his career in service to this great nation and ended it in service to South Mississippi. He was a man dedicated to helping others, always ready to lend a hand. He was a man who made his family, state, and nation proud. The memory of Officer Robert McKeithen will live on forever in Biloxi, and in the hearts of every life he touched. I am inspired by his spirit of service and strength of character. A great man and officer was taken too soon, but he will never be forgotten,” said Palazzo.

“The Biloxi Police Department enjoys an excellent relationship with our community, and to name this important building for a fallen Biloxi police officer speaks volumes,” said Biloxi Police Chief John Miller. “This is an honor for our entire city, and especially for the McKeithen family.”

“What’s so fitting about this is that the post office building also houses the city’s Human Resources Division, and Robert McKeithen, we now know, was one of this community’s best human resources. This will be a daily reminder of his dedication to his community and our respect for law enforcement,” added Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich.

He was a husband, father, stepfather, and mentor.

The bill is H.R. 3175.

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