On Wednesday, the Illinois House of Representatives adopted a resolution designating the section of Illinois Route 78 from Canton to Farmington as the “Sgt. Douglas Riney Memorial Highway”. The resolution honoring Sgt. Riney is House Joint Resolution 43 sponsored by State Representative Mike Unes (R-East Peoria).
“Our state and country are safer today because of the sacrifices made by Sgt. Riney and his family,” said Rep. Unes. “Sgt. Riney served on missions in the past that continue to preserve our freedom we cherish today. Designating a portion of Illinois Route 78 the ‘Sgt. Douglas Riney Memorial Highway’ will ensure we never forget the heroism and sacrifice endured by Sgt. Riney.”
Sgt. Douglas Riney died October 19, 2016, in Kabul, Afghanistan of wounds received from encountering hostile enemy forces while on a mission supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Two core components of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel was; working with allies and partners on Resolute Support by training, advising, and assisting Afghan security forces, and continuing counterterrorism operations against the remnants of Al-Qaeda to ensure that Afghanistan is never again used to stage attacks against the United States.
Sgt. Douglas Riney was born at Fort Stewart Army base in Georgia to Dave and Pam Chabotte Riney on July 29, 1990, he married the love of his life, Kylie Eddy in Farmington on December 29, 2012. Sgt. Riney was a graduate of Spoon River Valley High School.
Sgt. Riney entered active military service in July of 2012 as a petroleum supply specialist and was last assigned to the Support Squadron, Third Cavalry Regiment, First Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, since December of 2012. He had previously deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from July of 2014 to February of 2015, and also deployed from June of 2016 to October of 2016 in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel; his awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, four Army Achievements Medals, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, and NATO Medal.
Sgt. Douglas Riney is survived by his wife, Kylie; his children, Elea and James Riney; his father, Dave (Kristie) Riney; his mother, Pam (Don) Boland; his siblings, Jeff Budd, and Stacey Budd; his niece, Cailee Budd; his stepbrothers, Bryce and Kole Vaughn; his stepsister, Ashlie Herrin; his paternal grandmother, Nancy Riney; his maternal grandmother, Linda Huntley; several aunts and uncles and many cousins; his father and mother-in-law, Randal and Donna Eddy; and his sisters-in-law, Brandi Eddy, and Janel (Doug) Brown and their children, Kambell, Payton, Avari, and Asher McDermet and Kinsley Brown.
House Joint Resolution 43 now moves to the Senate for consideration. For more information, please contact Rep Unes’ Pekin District Office, 309-620-8631.