Blackstone Valley Vocational Regional School District mourns the loss of 22-year-old Army Specialist John Dawson of Whitinsville who was killed in action on Wednesday during an escort mission in Jalalabad.
Dawson was assigned to 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, as a combat medic.
In a statement Superintendent-Director Dr. Michael F. Fitzpatrick said;
“In this difficult time, our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Army Specialist John Dawson.
Spc. Dawson graduated from Blackstone Valley Tech’s Electrical program in 2010. He is remembered as a strong student who excelled in both his Electrical vocational training and academic coursework. Spc. Dawson was a member of the National Honor Society, a soccer player, a SkillsUSA competitor, and a regular member of the Commendation List. In his time at Valley Tech, Spc. Dawson exhibited the dedication and strength of character that later enabled him to proudly serve in the United States Army.
Blackstone Valley Tech’s Crisis Response Team has assembled and has been providing services to students and staff. The Crisis Response Team is comprised of school counselors, social workers, nurses, and others, and collaborates closely with Valley Tech administrators. The District is most appreciative of their professionalism and compassion. We will reach out to neighboring school officials and the family of Spc. Dawson to further coordinate the response to this tragic loss.”