A new elementary school in Prince William County, Virginia, is being named after fallen Local 2598 member Kyle Wilson, who died in the line of duty April 16, 2007 at the age of 24.
“With this one act, no one will ever forget Wilson’s dedication to the safety of county residents,” says Local 2598 President Paul Hebert.
Soon after Wilson made the ultimate sacrifice, the Wilson family and Local 2598 – with support from surrounding IAFF locals – began campaigning to name a school in memory of Wilson.
When construction started on a new elementary school, 49 suggested names for the school were submitted. Those names were narrowed down to Wilson or Dr. George Hampton, a retired lieutenant colonel and philanthropist who has donated significant contributions to cancer research, education and the arts.
Supporters for both sides launched strong lobbying efforts. When it came to a vote, the Prince William County School Board was split four for Wilson and four for Hampton. After discussing the matter, the Board decided to name the elementary school after Wilson and rename a local middle school after Hampton.
“The local and the family are very pleased with the decision as the elementary school is located near the neighborhood Wilson grew up in,” says Erik McCoy, a local 2598 member who helped lead the lobbying efforts on Wilson’s behalf.
The school is set to be open for the 2016-17 school year.