A Chicopee native, 1st Sgt. Kevin Dupont was the epitome of a hero. On June 17th, 2009, Dupont was killed while defending his country.
On Saturday, through the Kevin A. Dupont Memorial Middle School, his legacy will never be forgotten.
"You're community today, by dedicating this school to Kevin Dupont sends a loud and clear message to everybody in town and every student for eternity about service and what dedication to others means to you," said Gov. Charlie Baker.
Kevin's younger brother looked up to him and followed in his footsteps by going on to serve in the marines, just like his big brother.
"It was very humbling and it's such an honor to have this school named after Kevin after his service," said Christopher Dupont.
The building previously known as Chicopee High School has now been completely renovated, a project costing approximately $39 million, is a state of the art facility and is something the town of Chicopee is extremely proud of.
"To see this beautiful iconic building, which has been a symbol of Chicopee going back to 1921, to see that its noble purpose be maintained as an institution of education is certainly rewarding," said Superintendent Richard Rege.
"Kevin Dupont is a hero and his memory and his story will live on in the generations of students that walk through these doors," said Chicopee Mayor Kos.