Mesquite students restoring car in honor of late soldier

Some Mesquite ISD students are learning more than just how to fix and repair vehicles; they're learning powerful lessons about life, giving back and patriotism.

The students are currently learning how to rebuild a motor inside the Mesquite ISD Career and Technical Education Center.  

The engine goes to a 1979 Camaro that belonged to Mesquite High School graduate First Lt. Dustin Vincent.

Vincent, 25, was killed in action in Iraq in 2011. His family donated the Camaro he had planned to restore with his father while on leave.

Instructor Monti Turner says once finished, they will give the car back to Vincent's parents to display.

"I don't know how to explain it, but I feel proud working on it because it is for someone else and he served our country and he sacrificed his life for us…" said Jose Moreno, Jr., who attends Poteet High School.

The school is hoping to return the completely refurbished Camaro by Christmas, but some help is needed to finish the interior. 

A fallen hero's fundraiser is set for Saturday at Mesquite High School.

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