Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Honors Officer Julian Keen, Jr. with Passage of WRDA

Jul 29, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. ­­–– Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) issued the following statement after the House passage of the 2020 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) Bill, which includes a provision he fought for to re-name the Moore Haven Lock and Dam to the Julian Keen, Jr. Lock and Dam in honor of the late Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Officer Julian Keen, Jr.

“I’m humbled to have included a provision in the 2020 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) designating the name of the Moore Haven Lock and Dam in honor of the late Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Officer Julian Keen, Jr. Officer Keen was fatally shot and killed on June 14th, 2020 while attempting to stop a hit-and-run suspect while off-duty. A lifelong resident of Southwest Florida, Officer Keen was a pillar in his community, a loving friend and family member, and a driving force for good. Affectionately known as “Batman”, he was a six-year veteran of FWC who sought to help all those in need and make a difference in the community.

“While this dedication represents merely a fraction of his legacy, it is a token of our appreciation and respect for his service. I thank Representative Greg Steube for working with me to include this provision in WRDA. Back home, I want to thank Mayors Mali Gardner and David Lyons, as well as Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden, Senator Kathleen Passidomo, and Representative Byron Donalds for their leadership on this effort, and unwavering support. My thoughts and prayers continue to go to Officer Keen’s family and friends, and I am grateful to have been able to recognize his life and legacy with this designation. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to pass this important piece of legislation.”

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