FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham bridge over the MBTA tracks neat the intersection of Waverley & Winter streets in Framingham will be dedicated to the late Airforce Veteran Deanna Richards on Saturday, September 18 at 1 p.m.
Senior Airman Richards died unexpectedly on January 20, 2017, while training with the 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base in Clovis, New Mexico. She was 26.
“Senior Airman Deanna Richards will always be remembered for her loving and loveable personality and her ability to bring a smile to everyone’s face through her contagious sense of humor,” said Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis, who spearheaded the bridge re-naming.
“The dedication of the Winter Street Bridge in honor of her will serve as a lasting sign of gratitude to all who have served our country. May her memory inspire other young people to follow her example of service,” said Rep. Lewis.
Born in Framingham, Deanna lived with her family in Ashland. A graduate of Ashland High School, she graduating from Suffolk University in 2012.
She soon joined the US Air Force. After completing basic training, she was stationed at Cannon Air Force Base in Clovis, New Mexico until serving overseas in Kuwait.
Upon returning to Cannon Air Force Base, Deanna served as the operations management journeyman in the Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron.
She enjoyed jogging around Cushing Park, and worked at Brookdale Cushing Park Senior Living, according to a press release.
The public is invited to attend the ceremony on Saturday at 1 p.m. Meet at the Keefe Technical High School, parking lot at Southwest Corner.
Speakers for Saturday’s Ceremony will include:
Mayor Yvonne Spicer
Ashland Town Manager Michael Herbert
Senator President Karen Spilka of Ashland
Rep.Jack Patrick Lewis
Office of Congresswoman Katherine Clark
Cheryl Lussier Poppe, Secretary for the Department of Veterans’ Services
Major General Gary W. Keefe, Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard
Lieutenant Colonel Brian Ellis, Deputy Chief Installation, Support Panel, HQ USAF, Pentagon
Rob Mador, Founder of Bridges for the Fallen
Sister Brigid, Sister at St. Patrick’s Manor
Ann Eagan, Activity Director at St. Patrick’s Manor (retired)
Andrew Murphy, Chaplain, Capt. USAF, Hanscom AFB
Shanna Jackman, Public Safety Dispatcher, Singer/Songwriter