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National Guardsman laid to rest

Nikolous Poulin, 5, sat in the lap of his aunt, Jennifer Poulin, yesterday at the funeral for his father, Massachusetts National Guard Specialist Dennis Poulin of Pawtucket, R.I. Nikolous Poulin, 5, sat in the lap of his aunt, Jennifer Poulin, yesterday at the funeral for his father, Massachusetts National Guard Specialist Dennis Poulin of Pawtucket, R.I. (Steven Senne/Associated Press)
Associated Press / April 15, 2011

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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.