- Associated Press - Friday, August 15, 2014

TINLEY PARK, Ill. (AP) - A Chicago suburb has dedicated a playground in honor of a soldier killed in Iraq in 2003.

The Southtown Star reports (https://bit.ly/1kEMO0S ) the village of Tinley Park is honoring Army Staff Sgt. Michael Sutter. His family unveiled a sign at the park earlier this week. A plaque will be installed at a later date.

Sutter graduated from Andrew High School in Tinley Park. He enlisted in the Army in 1994 - less than a year after graduation. He later joined the National Guard.

The 28-year-old died the day after Christmas 2003 after trying to defuse a homemade explosive device.

His family’s longtime involvement with the park district prompted the idea of naming a park after Sutter. Friends and family gathered more than 3,000 signatures in support of the effort.

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