For Immediate Release - May 21, 2013

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR MURRAY, OFFICIALS, DEDICATE FREETOWN ROUNDABOUT IN MEMORY OF TYLER TRAHAN

FREETOWN - Saturday, May 18, 2013 – Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray today joined the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Secretary and CEO Richard Davey, other officials and members of the Trahan family to dedicate the newly constructed roundabout at the intersection of Mason, Chase and County roads in honor of Navy Petty Officer Second Class Tyler J. Trahan.

“I am honored to join the Trahan family and members of the Freetown community to pay tribute to Navy Petty Officer Second Class Trahan,” said Lieutenant Governor Murray.  “While we will never truly be able to replace him, we can ensure we remember him for years to come. By investing in this memorial, the community not only has improved roads but also a lasting memory of Tyler’s service and sacrifice to our country.”

Tyler, a Freetown native and third-generation member of the Armed Forces, was a Senior Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician attached to Navy SEAL Team 10.  He was deployed to Iraq, where he was killed in action on April 30, 2009; two days before he turned 23. He was Freetown’s first member of the Armed Forces to be killed in action since World War II.

“The Patrick-Murray Administration has made support of veterans and their families the highest priority,” said Secretary Davey.  “This Administration has never forgotten what the spirit and sense of community mean. So it is only fitting that a project like this that had the strong support of the Trahan family, now bears the name of Tyler Trahan.”

In April 2011, MassDOT began reconstruction of the busy intersection that had long been a problem for area drivers. The town, along with the Trahan family, had advocated for changes to the intersection to enhance safety and slow the speeds of travel.

“It is an honor to dedicate this roundabout to Navy Petty Officer Second Class Tyler Trahan, who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country,” said Senator Michael Rodrigues.  “I’m glad we are able to honor him in this way and I hope that this brings some comfort to Tyler’s family and friends. His sacrifice will not be forgotten, and his memory will live on in his hometown.”

"It is with solemn remembrance that we are able to dedicate this memorial roundabout to Navy Petty Officer Second Class Tyler J. Trahan, an outstanding young man who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country,” said Representative Paul Schmid.  “I want to thank Lieutenant Governor Murray, Secretary Davey and MassDOT for making this memorial roundabout come to fruition."

At a cost of approximately $1 million, the project was completed on October 31, 2012 by contractor LAL Construction.

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