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PROVIDENCEâ€”On June 27, 2005, Army Second Lt. Matthew Coutu, took part in a military convoy through the streets of Baghdad. He never returned, killed by a sniperâ€™s bullet. Now, the soldier who had once called North Kingstown home will have a lasting memorial as the Rhode Island General Assembly approved to rename the bridge on Boston Neck Road which crosses Route 138.
â€śMatthew Coutu was a son, a brother fighting for our country,â€ť said Rep. Doreen Costa (Dist. 31-Exeter, North Kingstown), who sponsored the House bill. â€śHe made the ultimate sacrifice and I know he is missed dearly by his family.â€ť
â€śHe was only 23 when he died in Baghdad,â€ť she continued. â€śI have a 26 year old son [and] I cannot imagine what I would do if anything was to happen to him.â€ť
Rep. E. Craven (Dist. 32â€”North Kingstown) joined Costa in sponsoring the House legislation, while Sen. James C. Sheehan (Dist. 36â€”Narragansett, North Kingstown) sponsored the Senate bill.
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