BOSTON, MA – This week, legislation filed by State Senator Patrick O’Connor (R-Weymouth) and Representative James Murphy (D-Weymouth) to designate the Main Street bridge crossing over the Commuter Rail in Weymouth as the Sergeant Michael C. Chesna First Responders Bridge took a key step forward. The bill, S2605, received a favorable report by the Joint Committee on Transportation.
“Over the past few years, there have been discussions in Weymouth regarding the best way to remember and honor Sgt. Michael Chesna. Many continue to display blue lights in front of their house, we attend charity events to raise money for the Memorial Fund, and recently the town approved a plan to name the gym at the new Chapman Middle School after Sgt. Chesna,” said Senator O’Connor. “After discussions with the Chesna Family, Rep. Murphy and I filed this legislation so that we can continue to remember Sgt. Chesna and honor all our first responders and their sacrifice. I’m looking forward to working together to pass this legislation to help ensure we never forget.”
“Sergeant Michael Chesna meant so much to our community. This is one of the many ways residents, family members, and friends will be able to continue to keep Michael Chesna in our hearts and recall all that he sacrificed for his town,” said Representative Murphy. “I am thrilled this critical legislation received a favorable report and I look forward to working with my colleagues when the bill comes to the House of Representatives for a vote. It was an honor to file such a vital bill with Senator O’Connor to ensure that the Chesna name is always remembered in Weymouth and throughout the Commonwealth.”
The bill will now go to the Senate and House for passage. Upon passage of the bill in each chamber, the legislation will be laid before the Governor for his signature.