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    State Police equestrian center in Acton named after late trooper

    The Massachusetts State Police dedicated the Mounted Unit training center and a new horse to the late commander of the unit, Sergeant Maureen Wesinger-Lewis, on Tuesday morning in Acton.

    Wesinger-Lewis lost her battle with cancer in June after 31 years as a Massachusetts state trooper, including her final five years when she commanded the Mounted Unit, State Police said in a statement.

    “She is remembered with much admiration as a special person, a great leader, and a strong advocate for horses and police mounted units,” State Police said in a Facebook post after her death.

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    Wesinger-Lewis also was promoted to lieutenant at the ceremony Tuesday.

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    Police said in the statement she expanded the unit and its mission, including year-round patrols of state parks and beaches.

    Wesinger-Lewis was still an active duty trooper at the time she died.

    “Throughout her long illness, as she fought fiercely against her disease, she did not let cancer keep her away from the job, and the horses and the troopers, she loved; during the last few years, she would report to the Mounted Unit headquarters as often as her health allowed, always positive, always upbeat, always ready to work and to lead,” the Facebook post said.

    Sabrina Schnur can be reached at sabrina.schnur@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @sabrina_schnur.