SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Springfield Post 7352 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars also honored hometown heroes.
The VFW post saluted the family of the late Westfield police officer Jose Torres, who died an accidental death while on a work detail.
Two Chicopee police officer patrolmen David Benoit and John Jesino, were honored for helping wounded state trooper John Vasquez last year when a gunman shot Vasquez three times while terrorizing a Chicopee neighborhood. "It's good to be honored. A lot of people take the police officers and the police department for granted. And it's really nice when somebody goes out of their way to do something for us."
Springfield area students were honored by the VFW, who impressed them with their essays in the voice of democracy and patriot pen competition.