Senate passes bill to name bridge for late soldier
BOSTON (AP) - The Massachusetts State Senate has passed a bill to name a Cape Cod bridge in honor of a U.S. soldier who died in Afghanistan.
The bill to honor the late Army Staff Sgt. Matthew A. Pucino now moves to the House for consideration.
The bridge consists of two side-by-side structures that pass over Route 6 in Bourne.
A roadside bomb killed Pucino in November 2009.
The 34-year-old Massachusetts native grew up in Plymouth and Bourne and went to Bishop Stang High School in North Dartmouth. He worked part-time as a Yarmouth police officer in the mid-1990s, before enlisting in the Army in 2002.
Pucino, who also served in Iraq, was assigned to the Maryland National Guard when he died.