A bill sponsored by Second District Congresswoman Elaine Luria to rename a Virginia Beach post office after Ryan “Keith” Cox was signed last week into law by President Donald Trump. Cox sacrificed his life saving others during the Virginia Beach mass shootings on May 31, 2019.
The previously unnamed post office, located at 2509 George Mason Drive, will now be known as the Ryan Keith Cox Post Office Building.
Cox was one of the 12 victims shot and killed in the Virginia Beach municipal center mass shootings on May 31. For 12 years, he served Virginia Beach as an account clerk in the Department of Public Utilities.
He is credited for sacrificing his own life to protect and save others inside the building. Survivors say he refused to take refuge, telling them, “I’ve got to see if anybody else needs help.”
Virginia’s U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine, both Democrats, released a joint statement.
“There is no way to repay Mr. Cox or his loved ones for the tremendous sacrifice he made on the day of this horrific shooting, but it is our hope that this post office will help honor his memory and heroism in the community he gave his life to protect,” said the Senators. “The Commonwealth will never forget Mr. Cox’s selfless actions.”
The legislation was backed by the entire Virginia delegation.