By Paul Burton

BOSTON (CBS) – Work crews are putting the finishing touches on a bridge project that’s taken on a life of its own.

The bridge that helped bring a young couple together is now going to keep their memory alive forever.

Lynn Goodchild and Shawn Nassaney were just starting their lives together, when they died in the 9/11 attacks.

“He was from Pawtucket and she was from Attleboro it just cements the two cities together with their names,” says Ellen Goodchild.

WBZ-TV’s Paul Burton reports

Ellen Goodchild is talking about her daughter Lynn and her boyfriend Shawn Nassaney who both were deeply in love and died together in the 9/11 attacks.

Now the County Street bridge which has been under construction for five years, will be called the Goodchild and Nassaney 9/11 Remembrance Bridge.

The Ilkowitz live right next door to the bridge and came up with the name.

George Ilkowitz says, “I think its important that there’s something named for the two families considering they lost their lives in terrorist attack.”

“It was a real tragedy and really hit home for us in Attleboro,” says State Rep. George Ross. “Just to see the courage of both of those families, I don’t know how I would react if I lost a daughter like that.”

Since Lynn was from Attleboro and Shawn was from Pawtucket, the bridge will be dedicated in both of their names and hopefully remind motorist who use to always remember and cherish those who lost their lives on 9/11.

“Because the bridge is from Attleboro to Pawtucket we just thought it was a good idea,” says Kathy Ilkowitz. “It’s perfect.”

And brings great joy to both families whose son and daughter touched so many lives.

Comments (29)
  1. Eileen says:

    How did the bridge bring the young couple together if it’s only been under construction for five years? This article is very poorly written. However, I think it’s nice that they named the bridge after the two individuals who died on 9/11, even if the name is too long and awkward – they had the right idea.

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