- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) - A Chicopee school is being renamed in honor of a city native who died as a result of injuries suffered in the war in Afghanistan.

The school committee on Thursday voted to rename the former Chicopee High School after 1st Sgt. Kevin Dupont, a 1976 graduate.

Dupont, a Massachusetts National Guardsman, was 52 when he died at a Texas hospital in June 2009 about three months after the vehicle he was in ran over an improvised explosive device.

The school is undergoing a $38 million renovation to be converted into a middle school.

Six nominations were given to the committee, but the only names explored were for Dupont or for all veterans of the city.

About 30 of his friends and relatives lobbied the school to name it after him.

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