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Plan to name gymnasium after fallen officer approved

November 21, 2021 GMT

WEYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts town has approved a plan to name the gymnasium at the local middle school in honor of a police officer killed in the line of duty.

The Weymouth School Committee recently passed a resolution supporting Mayor Robert Hedlund’s request to name the gym at the new Chapman Middle School after Sgt. Michael Chesna, The Patriot Ledger reported Sunday.

Chesna, 42, was killed on July 15, 2018, while investigating a car crash. The suspect in Chesna’s slaying is also charged with killing Vera Adams, a 77-year-old widow.

Chesna, a married father of two who joined the Weymouth Police Department in 2012, was a decorated Army veteran who was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.

The town’s memorial committee and the school building committee, which is overseeing construction of the $164 million school, supported the measure.

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A plaque in the gymnasium will include a photograph of Chesna and the quotes: “The true measure of a person is not found in the might of their arm, their wealth or their power — it is found in the strength of their character,” and “There is no greater testimony to one’s character than one’s willingness to sacrifice all, in the noble quest of providing protection to all whom they serve.”