EGREMONT, Mass. (AP) — Egremont residents have approved a permanent tribute to a native son who died in Iraq.

Town Meeting voters in the Berkshire County town this week approved spending $3,000 to build a monument and plaque to honor U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Stephen Wells.

The Berkshire Eagle ( reports that the tribute will be placed on the Village Green in South Egremont.

The 29-year-old Wells, a 1993 graduate of Mount Everett Regional School, was killed in February 2004 when the helicopter he was piloting crashed during a reconnaissance mission.

He was assigned to the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, based at Fort Carson, Colo.


Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle,