The Bourne Bridge over the Cape Cod Canal, the route most often used by Islanders traveling on the mainland, received a new name Thursday from lawmakers honoring Staff Sergeant Matthew Pucino, a decorated war hero killed in action in Afghanistan in 2009, when his mounted patrol unit was attacked with an IED, the State House News reported.
In an unusual moment for a memorial bridge naming, Speaker Robert DeLeo introduced the bill (S 2218) and then welcomed the staff sergeant’s mother and father, Albert and Catherine. Rep. Randy Hunt (R-Sandwich) said there was nothing lawmakers could do to repay Pucino’s “ultimate sacrifice, but we can commemorate this hero by naming a bridge on the Cape Cod Canal in his memory.”
When the bill was passed in the Senate, Senate President Therese Murray said she keeps a photo of Pucino on her desk. Murray told his family that while their son could never be replaced, lawmakers could show their appreciation for his sacrifice.