Saturday June 9, 2012

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.


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