- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

DRACUT, Mass. (AP) - The mother of a soldier from Dracut who died in Iraq in 2003 has won a yearslong battle to have a town-owned lot turned into a park in her son’s honor.

The Sun of Lowell (https://bit.ly/1foWhHJ ) reports that Sue Boule (boo-LAY’) cried and said she was “ecstatic” after the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday voted 4-1 to move forward with plans to build a park in honor of Army Spc. Mathew Boule.

The prime 1.5-acre parcel currently contains an abandoned town building, and some wanted the land commercially developed to raise tax revenue. Some proposed a split between a park and a commercial development.

The 22-year-old Mathew Boule was a crew chief on a Black Hawk helicopter that was shot down. He was the first Massachusetts resident to die in the conflict.

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Information from: The (Lowell, Mass.) Sun, https://www.lowellsun.com


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