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Local Military Policeman Killed In Iraq

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  1. Simon

    Simon Guest

    BOSTON -- A Rockland soldier has been killed in Iraq.

    Army National Guard Pfc. Matthew M. Pollini, 20, was killed in Iraq, according to the town clerk's office.

    Pollini was assigned to the 772nd Military Police Co. based in Taunton, Mass.

    He and his wife, Sarah, were married on Dec. 22.

    Sorry for your loss 772.

    Newlywed Rockland soldier killed in Iraq


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    National Guard Pfc. Matthew Pollini with sister Ashley (far left), wife Sarah (second left), sister Erica (second right) and brother Joey (far right).

    By ALLISON MANNING
    GateHouse News Service
    Posted Jan 23, 2009 @ 01:41 PM
    Last update Jan 23, 2009 @ 05:02 PM

    ROCKLAND —

    A 21-year-old military policeman from Rockland has died in Iraq.
    Pfc. Matthew Pollini was a member of the 772nd Military Police Company, an Army National Guard unit from Taunton.
    He and his girlfriend of 2 1/2 years, Sarah Cochran, were married in a small service at Pollini’s Norman Street home on Dec. 22, four days before he shipped out to Iraq.

    Sarah Pollini, 20, said they were planning on renewing their vows and having their “dream wedding” on their one-year anniversary. The couple met at the Rockland Teen Center.

    “He’s not like any other guy in the world,” Sarah Pollini said.

    Pollini joined theNational Guard two or three years ago, according to his sister, Erica Pollini, 24. She said her brother’s unit was activated in October and due to come back from Iraq in October.

    Rockland Veteran’s Service Agent Anton Materna, speaking on his way back from a vacation in Florida, said he had heard Pollini was killed yesterday when a jeep he was riding in crushed him after it rolled over.

    Pollini’s brother Joey also enlisted with the military police after Matt. Joey Pollini said his brother was stationed at the al Kut forward operating base in Iraq.

    Erica Pollini said her brother wanted to become a state trooper or a firefighter, and joined the military police to start on that path. He had worked at Hannaford’s supermarket in Norwell for about seven years and attended Rockland High School, but did not graduate. He later earned his GED.

    “He could do anything,” Erica Pollini said. “He was a talented, loyal person.”

    The son of Frederick and Carolyn Pollini, Matthew Pollini attended Rockland High School.
    "He was a great kid," said Sue Patton, assistant principal at the high school. "Many people here highly regarded him. We certainly offer our prayers and sympathies to the family, and certainly the town will honor him similarly to the way we honored our last fallen hero."
    Pollini is the second serviceman from Rockland to die in Iraq. Marine Lance Cpl. Walter “Gator” O’Haire, who was 20, was killed by a roadside bomb in April 2007.
    As of Thursday, 4,230 members of the U.S. military have died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003. Of that total, 72 were from Massachusetts.

    http://www.enterprisenews.com/homepage/x185284220/Report-Rockland-soldier-killed-in-Iraq
     
  2. justanotherparatrooper

    justanotherparatrooper Pissin' in liberals cheerio's for 40 years :) Staff Member

    RIP soldier, may God watch over you, your family and the rest of the 772 :(
     
  3. fra444

    fra444 MassCops Member

    Rast In Peace and Thank You! Army National Guard Pfc. Matthew M. Pollini
     
  4. 8MORE

    8MORE MassCops Angel

    Rest in peace P.F.C. Matthew Pollini. Condolences to the Pollini family, His freinds and the 772 M.P. Company.
     
  5. Nuke_TRT

    Nuke_TRT Stirrer of the Pot

    Rest in Peace & Thank you P.F.C. Matthew Pollini. Condolences to the Pollini family, friends, and the 772nd.
     
  6. MSP75

    MSP75 Guest

    Gill and the other 772 MPs who get a chance to log on, our prayers are with you as you deal w/ this.
     
  7. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    Rest in peace and Thank You for your service,Condolences to the Pollini family, His freinds and the 772 M.P. Company.
     
  8. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    Rockland soldier killed in Iraq had 'lots of plans'


    The Patriot Ledger
    Posted Jan 23, 2009 @ 01:40 PM
    Last update Jan 23, 2009 @ 08:55 PM

    ROCKLAND —

    Even as he was being deployed to Iraq, newlywed Matthew Pollini dreamed of building a life together with his wife, Sarah.
    Matthew Pollini, 21, wanted to buy a home. He wanted to send his wife to nursing school, and he wanted to become a state trooper or firefighter once he returned from Iraq in October, Sarah said.
    “We had lots of plans,” Sarah Pollini, 20, said. They were married in a simple ceremony at his family’s home on Dec. 22. He shipped out four days later.
    Less than a month into his tour of duty, Pollini was killed Thursday when the jeep he was riding in crushed him after it rolled over, said Rockland Veterans Service Agent Anton Materna.
    His family said Pollini joined the 772nd Military Police Company, an Army National Guard Unit from Taunton, two or three years ago. He was stationed at the al Kut forward operating base.
    Standing outside the family’s Rockland home Friday, Sarah Pollini wept as Matthew’s brother, sisters and friends gathered around her. Family members could be heard sobbing inside the house.
    Erica Pollini said her brother, one of six children aged 4 to 24, had always been self-sufficient. He collected cans when he was 7 to earn extra money. “He worked for what he wanted,” she said.
    His wife said she met Pollini outside the Rockland Teen Center in 2006, and they had been together ever since.
    “He’s not like any other guy in the world,” she said.
    “He could make anything fun,” Ralph Menchi, 23, Pollini’s best friend, said.
    Pollini attended Rockland High School and later earned his GED, his family said.
    High School Assistant Principal Sue Patton said he was “a great kid.”
    Pollini is the second serviceman from Rockland to die in Iraq. Marine Lance Cpl. Walter “Gator” O’Haire, 20, was killed by a roadside bomb in April 2007.
    O’Haire’s mother, Maureen, said Friday night she was heading to the Pollini’s home to offer her condolences and bring food. O’Haire said the pain doesn’t get any easier, and she still fights the urge to call her son.
    Depending on the family’s wishes, a ceremony similar to the one given for O’Haire would be held for Pollini, Selectman Deborah O’Brien said. A motorcade, starting from South Boston where O’Haire first lived, traveled to Holy Family Church where his funeral was held.
    Before he left for Iraq, Pollini built his wife a wooden dollhouse. Sarah was supposed to paint and decorate it while he was gone.
    Sarah Pollini said she still plans to decorate the dollhouse.
    “I’m going to live our plans,” she said.

    (There were a lot of nasty comments to this article,the QPL has removed them)
    Comments (11)

    http://www.patriotledger.com/homepage/x1722728791/Report-Rockland-soldier-killed-in-Iraq
     
  9. Killjoy

    Killjoy Zombie Hunter

    Rest in Peace, brother.

    I am humbled by you and your family's sacrifice.
     
  10. justanotherparatrooper

    justanotherparatrooper Pissin' in liberals cheerio's for 40 years :) Staff Member

    People are disgusting....bet theyre the same ones say they support the troops too:BM:
     
  11. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    All of the same usual assholes that post on the QPD news items.
     
  12. StbbrnMedic

    StbbrnMedic fraggle tamer

    So sad. My heart breaks for his family.

    RIP Sir and thank you.
     
  13. screamineagle

    screamineagle Masscops Therapist

    Rest in Peace.
     
  14. 7costanza

    7costanza Supporting Member

    Rest in Peace
     
  15. OfficerObie59

    OfficerObie59 Public Trough Feeder

    I just saw this thread and my heart sank. Rest in peace, brother. God Bless you and your brothers of the 77Deuce.
     
  16. Tuna

    Tuna Always entertained

    Rest in peace brother my thoughts and prayers go out to you, your family and friends. from a former MP 8th ID
     
  17. TacEntry

    TacEntry MassCops Member

    RIP MP Brother.
     
  18. Delta784

    Delta784 Guest

    Rest in peace, my brother.
     
  19. Gil

    Gil Founder of MassCops Staff Member

    Just wanted to say thanks guys, we are hanging in there.
     
  20. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    Funeral for Rockland soldier scheduled


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    Remembering Spec. Matthew M. Pollini, U.S. Army

    By Associated Press
    Thursday, January 29, 2009

    ROCKLAND — A soldier from Rockland who died in Iraq last week will soon be laid to rest.
    The funeral for Spc. Matthew Pollini will be held Monday.
    The Enterprise of Brockton reports that students from some of the town’s schools will stand along the route as a horse-drawn caisson followed by Pollini’s family makes its way down Union Street to Holy Family church.
    Members of the National Guard’s 772nd Military Police Company, Pollini’s unit, will march with the casket.
    A wake for Pollini will be held Sunday at Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home in Rockland.

    http://www.magounbiggins.com/index.php


    The 21-year-old Pollini got married last month just days before he shipped out to Iraq. He died when the vehicle he was in rolled over.

    http://bostonherald.com/news/regional/view/2009_01_29_Funeral_for_Rockland_soldier_scheduled/
     
  21. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    Rockland pulls together for family of slain soldier

    Residents, businesses, officials support family of soldier killed in Iraq


    By Allison Manning
    The Patriot Ledger
    Posted Jan 30, 2009 @ 05:40 AM
    Last update Jan 30, 2009 @ 06:04 AM

    ROCKLAND —

    In a small town like Rockland, one family’s loss can feel like your own.
    When that loss is a soldier, add the feelings of pride in your country and empathy for the immediate family and friends.
    For the family of Spc. Matthew Pollini, 21, who was killed last week in Iraq, the outpouring of support has been both unexpected and welcome.
    “I was really surprised,” sister Erica Pollini, 24 said. “I didn’t realize how tight our community was.”
    Cards, food and visitors have flooded the Pollini’s home on Norman Street since Frederick and Carolyn Pollini got word their oldest son died when the vehicle he was riding in rolled over, crushing him.
    Matt Pollini’s body came home to Rockland on Thursday, Erica Pollini said, with help from the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, where Frederick Pollini works.
    “It’s given us some closure,” she said. “When we finally get to put him to rest, it’s going to be the best thing.”
    Matthew Pollini’s widow, Sarah, said she’s benefited from the support of her husband’s family and friends, though it has been overwhelming.
    Nearly every town service, from police and fire to the highway department, has pitched in to help the family and make accommodations for Monday’s funeral, Town Administrator Allan Chiocca said. Businesses have donated money and restaurants have sent food to the Pollini home.
    “Small communities are very close-knit, and in a small community like this, a loss of this nature is something that happens to your own family,” Chiocca said.
    Chiocca also praised the work of Veterans Service Agent Anton Materna.
    “For him it’s not a job, it’s personal,” Chiocca said.
    Materna said he is grateful for the “overwhelming support” from the community. Unfortunately, it often takes an extreme like a soldier dying to give that support, he said.
    The neighboring schools will send nearly 1,500 students to Union Street on Monday, armed with flags along the funeral procession. Superintendent John Retchless said he was not surprised by the way the town has come together.
    “One thing that’s very special about Rockland is the sense of its own identity,” he said. “When a tragedy hits a small town like this, that’s when people rally together.”
    Speaking from experience, Maureen O’Haire, the mother of the last Rockland soldier to die in Iraq, said the outreach is amazing. O’Haire’s son, Marine Lance Cpl. Walter “Gator” O’Haire, 20, was killed by a roadside bomb in April 2007.
    “It makes you feel so grateful for the people around you, that they appreciated,” what your son did, she said.
    O’Haire has made visits to the Pollini house over the last week, giving the family a gold star flag, signifying a lost soldier, for their door. For both her son and Matthew Pollini, O’Haire said residents reach out not just because of the loss of one individual, but for all of the men and women who gave their lives in the line of duty.
    “When it comes close to home, it’s when people realize it’s time to step forward,” she said.

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    PARADE ROUTE
    Several streets in downtown Rockland will be closed Monday for the funeral procession for Spc. Matthew Pollini. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m, the following streets will be closed to traffic:
    Union Street, between Webster Street and Bigelow Avenue
    Belmont Street, from Union Street to the library parking lot
    Pacific Street, from Union to Division streets
    North Avenue, between Union and Division streets
    Exchange Street, between Union and Myrtle streets
    Holy Family Church parking lot
    Senior center parking lot
    From 10 to 11:30 a.m., Union street will also be shut down from Webster Street to Union Square, as well as all side streets, to allow safe movement of the funeral procession.
    No vehicles will be parked on the road during those hours.



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    http://www.patriotledger.com/homepage/x349749195/Rockland-pulls-together-for-family-of-slain-soldier
     
  22. dano448

    dano448 Supporting Member

    Was SPC Pollini a member of the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department? MSP closed down 128 South in Lexington yesterday to allow a hearse with Army decals on it and a van with Army Honor Guard personnel in it to enter the highway. The van was followed by several Suffolk County cruisers. Great job by MSP!
     
  23. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    His father is a LT. with the Suffolk County Sheriffs.
     
  24. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    Wake For Rockland Soldier Killed In Iraq


    ROCKLAND (WBZ) ―

    A wake was held Sunday for a young solider from Rockland killed in Iraq last month.

    Pfc. Matthew Pollini, 21, died Jan. 22 when his Humvee rolled over in Baghdad.

    Family and friends paid their respects Sunday at the Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home in Rockland.

    The funeral Mass will be held at Holy Family Church on Union St. Monday at 11.

    Pollini had just been married on Dec. 22.

    He was a part of the 772nd Military Police Company, an Army National Guard unit from Taunton.

    Pollini's younger brother, Joseph, is a member of the same unit.

    Matthew Pollini was a graduate of Rockland High School.

    Since the Iraq war began nearly six years ago, more than 4,200 Americans have been killed, including 72 from Massachusetts.

    Pollini is the second Rockland soldier to be killed in Iraq.

    Video: http://wbztv.com/local/Matthew.Pollini.wake.2.923782.html
     
  25. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    Family, friends pay respects to fallen Rockland soldier

    Posted Feb 01, 2009 @ 03:26 PM
    Last update Feb 01, 2009 @ 07:02 PM
    ROCKLAND —

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    GARY HIGGINS/Patriot Ledger
    Mourners attend calling hours at Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home in Rockland on Sunday for Matthew Pollini, a 21-year-old Army National Guard specialist killed Jan. 22 in Iraq.


    Friends, family and fellow soldiers on Sunday began the process of saying goodbye to Spc. Matthew Pollini, who died in an accident on Jan. 22 in Iraq. The young soldier will be buried with military honors following a Mass at 11 a.m. Sunday at Holy Family Church.
    The sun shone upon the hundreds of friends, coworkers and acquaintances who came to support Pollini’s wife, Sarah, parents Frederick and Carolyn and his five brothers and sisters at his wake.
    Pollini, 21, was killed Jan. 22 just outside al-Kut, Iraq when the vehicle he was riding in rolled over, crushing him. His unit, the 772nd Military Police Company, an Army National Guard Unit from Taunton, shipped off to Iraq Dec. 26, just four days after Pollini married Sarah, 20, in a small ceremony at his home.
    Inside the funeral home, a cousin, Candy Carlisle, said the mood was very somber. Pollini’s parents kept looking over at their son’s open casket, she said, as if they still couldn’t believe their son was gone.
    The Pollini family has had a family member in every American war, Carlisle said.
    “This is the first one to actually give his life,” the Franklin resident said. “My heart just breaks to see all of this.”
    With their hands clasped tightly in front of them, National Guardsmen and women stood outside Magoun-Biggins funeral home on Union Street in Rockland, there to say goodbye to a military brother, and watch over the family.
    Members of the Patriot Guard Riders stood armed with American flags along the driveway of the funeral home, flags fluttering as mourners walked in and out of the wake.
    A consistent line of about 30 mourners waited outside the funeral home, ushered in by uniformed officials. In addition to guardsmen, state troopers and members of the Suffolk County Sheriffs Department, where Frederick Pollini works, stood in line.
    Another cousin, Cindy Dragani, said Pollini’s wife, mother and grandmother were the most visibly upset at the wake.
    “You hear about these things all the time,” the Walpole resident said. “Then it hits home.”
    While the family is still in shock now, Dragani said she thinks they will look back and be grateful for the community and military outreach.
    Carlisle called the outpouring of support “awesome,” especially the military presence.
    “They’re so respectful,” she said. “They’re watching out for the family.”
    A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at Holy Family Church on Union Street.
    Students from the nearby elementary, middle and high schools and other mourners will hold American flags along the funeral route.
    Just before 10:30 a.m., family members will follow a horse-drawn caisson down Union Street to the church. Burial, with full military honors, will be at Hanover Center Cemetery.
    Pollini was a member of the 772nd Military Police Company, an Army National Guard unit based in Taunton. Members of the unit will march with the casket on Monday.
    Pollini is the second soldier from Rockland to die in Iraq. Marine Lance Cpl. Walter “Gator” O’Haire, 20, was killed in April 2007 when he came under enemy fire while patrolling on foot with his platoon. .
    Another Massachusetts soldier, Sgt. Kyle J. Harrington, 24, of Swansea, died in a forklift accident in Iraq ion Jan. 24.

    Video & Pics:http://www.patriotledger.com/homepa...iends-pay-respects-to-fallen-Rockland-soldier
     

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