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$400 Turnpike Toll on Soldier's Funeral

The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority chairman decided to pay the toll for a soldier's funeral procession out of his own pocket after pressure from the Patriot Guard. Private First Class Cody Board died when a roadside bomb exploded in Afghanistan. His family wanted to bury him at Fort Sill. Officials with the turnpike authority said they wouldn't stop each car and patriot rider, but they would bill the family for an about $400. They said the law prohibits them from waiving tolls. Then, according to a Dallas television station, the Patriot Guard stepped in and put pressure on officials with the turnpike authority. Board's funeral is Saturday, October 16, in McKinney, Texas. His final resting place will be Fort Sill National Cemetery in Elgin, Oklahoma. According to his obituary, Board's maternal grandfather lives in Grove, Oklahoma.

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