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Chris Yung’s family, fellow officers attend ceremony for new school

© Leesburg Today - 08/28/2015

As 15 shiny, blue-and-white police motorcycles stood in formation just outside, about 300 people turned out Thursday to officially open Prince William's newest elementary school, named in honor of Chris Yung, the county's first motor-unit patrolman to die in the line of duty.

Yung's widow, Robin, and the couple's three young children, Bate, 13, Clayton, 12, and Paige, 8, joined local dignitaries to for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to launch the new school, located just off Devlin Road in Bristow.

  • Read more about Chris Yung Elementary School in next week's Prince William Today

Yung, 35, was killed on New Year's Eve 2012, when his police motorcycle was hit by minivan outside the Bristow Target store while he was responding to a call for service.

Prior to joining the county's police department, Yung served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was an Iraq War veteran.

Several speakers praised Yung's service, sacrifice and his dedication to his country and his community.

The school's new principal, Kathy Notyce, called him ""an inspiration to all who knew him.""

Speaking from the podium, Robin Yung said the ceremony was taking place, coincidentally, on what would have been the couple's 15th anniversary.

She called her late husband an ""amazing father and dedicated husband,"" who was known for his kindhearted compassion and his bright smile.

""The naming of this school was not done for his family, it was done for him,"" she added. ""If Chris were here today, he'd be so humbly honored.""

The Prince William Police Department's motor unit, as well as several other officers, attended the ceremony in force , as did Yung's parents and brothers.

""It's been a few years now, but it still hurts,"" said Master Police Officer Steve Bennett, who called Yung a good friend. ""It's obviously a great honor for Chris and we're very happy that it happened.""

The school is expected to welcome just under 700 preschool through fifth-grade students when school opens on Monday.

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