Swansea bridge renamed to honor fallen soldier
SWANSEA, Mass. —
If you live in Swansea, Mass, you will never again drive over the Wood Street Bridge.
That's because they've renamed it to honor a hero.
The Wood Street Bridge will now be known as the Kyle J. Harrington Memorial Bridge. Kyle died during his second tour in Iraq with the U.S. Army. He was just 24.
"He was the type of person who had to make everybody laugh, and if he couldn't get you to laugh he'd keep trying," said Elizabeth Harrington, Kyle's sister.
"He was a crazy kid and he was also a really good kid, typical kid," Dennis Harrington, Kyle's father said.
Dennis Harrington says his son had plans to return to Swansea and work as a police officer.
Kyle grew up in Swansea and met his wife, Faith, who lived across the street.
"Kyle was the type of person who spread his humor and laughter throughout everyone. You couldn't be around him without laughing and joking," Faith Harrington said.
Four doves were released at the ceremony as a symbol of peace. One was for his 10-year-old son Josh, one for his 6-year-old daughter Kaylee, one for his wife, and one for his sister and parents.
"Oh God there isn't a day that goes by that you don't think about it. I couldn't even talk about it afterwards," Dennis Harrington said.
Dozens of people from the Swansea community showed up to support the Harrington family and honor Kyle with the dedication. The stone bridge is made of granite and sits alongside the bridge on Wood Street.
Faith Harrington says she's pleased to have a place to take her kids that's a celebration of their father's life.
"We've lived in Swansea forever. It's nice for the kids to know they can grow up here and a part of Daddy will be here always," she said.
The celebration was organized and paid for by the town's board of selectmen. Board members said it was the least they can do to honor a hometown hero.