Flags across the state are flying at half staff this evening in honor of a sailor from Suffield who died overseas.
Channel Three's Kristi Olds is at the Suffield Police Department, where the death has had a big impact on the town.
It's a small town and everyone is saddened by the death of petty officer Dustin Doyon.
His family is pretty well known in town. His mother works for the town at the police department.
Her son has been called a hero by many.
"I think once you lose somebody in town, you do feel it. Everybody feels that loss especially in a tight knit community," said Suffield resident Linda Sweda.
The tight-knit community is mourning the death of 26-year-old petty officer Dustin Doyon.
He went missing on Monday after the U.S.S. John McCain collided with another ship off the coast of Singapore.
The Navy recovered his remains last night.
"When something like this happens you take pause," resident Nick Sweda said.
Doyon graduated from Cathedral High School in Springfield, Massachussets in 2009.
His former cross country coach said he was one of the nicest kids he ever met, a truly memorable person.
The school released a statement saying, "Dustin will be remembered as an active member of the cathedral community, participating in track and bank. Dustin was quiet and kind and will be missed."
"It's kind of a shock thing, you don't think about people in your hometown at risk at an everyday basis," Sweda said.
Flags line nearly every yard along the street where Doyon grew up.
Eyewitness News was told a neighbor placed them there this morning to honor the young sailor and show support for his family during this difficult time.
"Our hearts are broken for the Doyon family," Town selectman Melissa Mack said.
Suffield's first selectwoman said the town will do everything it can to help the family and remember someone they lost too soon.
"Our community is in mourning as we remember him and proudly recognize his great sacrifice," Mack said.
The Doyon family requested privacy as they deal with their loss but released a statement saying they are proud of his service and that he loved the Navy and his shipmates.
Doyon is the second sailor to be identified after the collision on Monday. 8 other are still missing.
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