National Guardsman laid to rest
PAWTUCKET, R.I. — A 26-year-old Massachusetts Army National Guard soldier from Rhode Island who was fatally injured in Afghanistan was remembered yesterday as a loving father and dedicated soldier.
A funeral was held yesterday in Pawtucket for Specialist Dennis Poulin, who died March 31 of injuries received when his armored vehicle overturned.
His sister Jennifer spoke in St. Teresa’s Church about her brother’s love for family, especially his 5-year-old son.
Poulin also leaves his parents and another sister.
Poulin lived in Pawtucket most of his life, graduating from Tolman High School in 2004.
Among those attending were Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee and Major General Joseph Carter of the Massachusetts National Guard, who praised Poulin’s example of service.
Poulin was buried at St. Ann’s Cemetery in Cranston.