Town to re-name park in fallen hero’s name

AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Town of Amherst is honoring a local hero who lost his life in Afghanistan.

The former Margaret Louise Park on Hopkins Road will be renamed to honor Staff Sergeant William Wilson III.

The Getzville native was shot and killed by a U.S. trained security officer in Afghanistan in 2012. He was just 27 years old.

Last year the 990 was officially named ‘Staff Sgt. William R. Wilson III Memorial Highway’ in his memory.

Wilson’s parents tell News 4 they were surprised and very happy with this latest honor. Their son played in the small park when he was growing up.

The park will be dedicated this summer. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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