For Immediate Release - March 22, 2012

GOVERNOR PATRICK SIGNS LEGISLATION DESIGNATING ATTLEBORO BRIDGE AS THE LYNN GOODCHILD AND SHAWN NASSANEY SEPTEMBER 11TH MEMORIAL BRIDGE

BOSTON – Thursday, March 22, 2012 – Governor Deval Patrick today joined legislators and family members to sign House Bill 3740, “An Act Designating a Certain Bridge in the City of Attleboro as the Lynn Goodchild and Shawn Nassaney September 11th Memorial Bridge.” 

Goodchild and Nassaney, 25-year-old college sweethearts, were victims aboard United Flight 175 on September 11, 2001. Goodchild, a lifelong resident of Attleboro, and Nassaney, a resident of Pawtucket, commonly drove along the route of this bridge to visit each other during college.

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Governor Patrick is joined by legislators and family members while signing H. 3740 “An Act Designating a Certain Bridge in the City of Attleboro as the Lynn Goodchild and Shawn Nassaney September 11th Memorial Bridge.” (Photo credit: Eric Haynes / Governor’s Office). View full size photo.

“Naming this bridge is the least we can do to memorialize Lynn Goodchild and Shawn Nassaney, a young couple who were loved by their family, friends and communities,” said Governor Patrick. “I hope this small gesture can create a lasting and fitting tribute in their memory.”

"Thanks to the advocacy and support by the community and local legislators, the construction and dedication of the Lynn Goodchild and Shawn Nassaney September 11th Memorial Bridge reflects the community's love and memory of Lynn and Shawn as well as the love the two shared for each other," said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray.

The bridge was constructed in 2006 and is currently unnamed. The bill directs the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to erect and maintain suitable markers bearing this designation.

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