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Monson celebrates opening of new police department

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MONSON, MA (WSHM) -

June 1, 2015 will mark four years since a tornado ripped through the town, destroying its town hall and police department.

But now, there is officially a new place for town leaders and police to call home.

Saturday morning, residents gathered to celebrate the grand opening of their new $10.3 million facility, which was built with insurance money as well as taxpayer dollars.

Officials said the new building represents the resilience of the town.

"Monson reminds me a lot of the mightiest of trees," said Second Hampden District state Rep. Brian Ashe. "In the stormiest of times and weather, it might get bent, it might sway, but it never breaks. It's stronger and the roots are deeper than ever, and the spirit in this town is unbelievable."

Monson residents approved the building of the new facility in June of 2012, one year after the tornado.

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