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A bill that will rename a post office in honor of slain San Diego Police Officer Jonathan De Guzman has passed the House and is headed to the Senate for further consideration.

The legislation introduced by Rep. Susan Davis, D-San Diego, will name the post office at 830 Kuhn Drive in Chula Vista after De Guzman, a 16-year veteran of the police department.

“Officer De Guzman made the ultimate sacrifice and future generations should know and understand the commitment that he and all our law enforcement officers make on behalf of San Diegans,” Davis said in a statement.

On July 28, De Guzman and his partner, Officer Wade Irwin, attempted to speak to two pedestrians in San Diego’s Southcrest neighborhood when they were attacked. Irwin was immediately fired upon and hit in the throat, and the shooter then went to the police car’s passenger side door and shot De Guzman several times at very close range.

De Guzman, 43, died at a hospital shortly after the shooting. De Guzman, who was from Chula Vista, was married and had two children.

“The naming of this post office will help preserve the memory of Officer De Guzman’s service and sacrifice, and provide a constant reminder of the dangers that our law enforcement officers face every day keeping our communities safe,” said Rep. Scott Peters, one of the bill’s original co-sponsors.

The three other representatives from San Diego County — Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine; Darrell Issa, R-Vista; and Juan Vargas, D-San Diego —  were also original co-sponsors, and the rest of California’s delegation signed onto the bill.

The bill is now headed to the Senate for consideration, and, if it passes that chamber, to the president. The bill will expire when Congress adjourns on Jan. 3 if it is not signed by president before then.