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PROVIDENCEâOn 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 sniperâs 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.
âMatthew Coutu was a son, a brother fighting for our country,â said Rep. Doreen Costa (Dist. 31-Exeter, North Kingstown), who sponsored the House bill. âHe made the ultimate sacrifice and I know he is missed dearly by his family.â
âHe was only 23 when he died in Baghdad,â she continued. âI have a 26 year old son [and] I cannot imagine what I would do if anything was to happen to him.â
Rep. E. Craven (Dist. 32âNorth Kingstown) joined Costa in sponsoring the House legislation, while Sen. James C. Sheehan (Dist. 36âNarragansett, North Kingstown) sponsored the Senate bill.
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