- Associated Press - Sunday, December 16, 2018

DALTON, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts town is moving closer to naming a bridge in honor of a soldier and native son who died in Afghanistan.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that residents of Dalton in a special town meeting recently approved naming the bridge after Spc. Mitchell Daehling.

Notice of the vote will be sent to the Legislature, where state Rep. Paul Mark has already submitted a request for the honor. The town Select Board had already endorsed the plan.

The 24-year-old Daehling was killed in May 2013 when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was a 2006 graduate of Wahconah Regional High School who left behind his parents and a wife.

Town Manager Kenneth Walto says the town wants to dedicate the bridge in June.

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