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Heroes honored by Wells students



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Southbridge Police Sgt. Jose Dingui was honored for all of his work with the students of Wells Middle School. Christopher Tanguay. (click for larger version)
September 14, 2009
SOUTHBRIDGE — On a cold and clammy Sept. 11, eight years after the terrorist attacks that forever altered life in this country, the students of Mary E. Wells Middle School created an atmosphere of warmth and compassion as they honored a handful of local heroes for their dedication to the community.

Members of the Southbridge fire and police departments, as well as medical personnel, veterans and local volunteers were all recognized for their efforts in a Friday afternoon ceremony in the Wells gymnasium.

After a moment of silence in honor of those lost on Sept. 11, 2001, Wells Principal Jason DeFalco, seeing the welcome students gave their honored guests, said, "I take great pride in my school, pride in my students, and pride in my town."

Following a solo performance of the National Anthem by seventh-grader Sarai McNeil, poems — some written by students, some classics — were recited, showing gratitude to firefighters, police officers and veterans.

See Monday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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