FRAMINGHAM – Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a bill this week to name the Winter Street bridge in Framingham after an Ashland Veteran, who died in 2017.
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Deanna Kelsey Richards, 26, of Ashland, died unexpectedly while training with the 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base in Clovis, NM.
The Winter Street Bridge, numbered F-07-015, will now be known as the Deanna K. Richards Memorial Bridge, in honor and recognition of US Air Force Senior Airman Deanna K. Richards.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation shall erect and maintain a marker bearing.
State Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis, who represents Ashland & Framingham filed the legislation to re-named the Framingham bridge in honor of the Ashland High graduate.
United States Air Force Senior Airman Richards was born on July 31, 1990, in Framingham, to parents, Robert and Irene Richards of Ashland.
She attended Catholic grade schools in Framingham and Ashland, before attending Ashland Middle School. She graduated from Ashland High School.
Richards loved sports and the arts.
She was an avid snowboarder and played field hockey at Ashland High.
She participated in the Nutcracker Suite at Walnut Hill School in Natick. Se played the piano and took Irish step dancing classes. She was in the high school choir.
She volunteered at St. Patrick’s Manor in Framingham
After graduating from Suffolk University, she joined the Air Force, went through boot camp and was stationed at Cannon Air Force Base in Clovis, New Mexico.
She served overseas in Kuwait from January through July 2015.
After Kuwait, She returned back to Cannon Air Force Base at the 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron, and was stationed at the Command HQ.
She was at Cannon Air Force base when on Friday, January 20, 2017, she collapsed early morning during routine PT and died shortly thereafter despite valiant attempts by her squadron leader, paramedics, and doctors to save her.