Some writers devote a lifetime to creating the perfect opus, agonizing over every word, crafting each phrase, and breathing life into characters. Yet that pinnacle of achievement remains elusive. Then there are others, like Brendan Duffy, who are catapulted to fame doing what Mr Duffy said anybody could have done: he wrote a letter to the editor of his hometown newspaper, The Newtown Bee.
On the morning of 12/14, medical duties were the last thing Newtowners Dr J. James Bruno and Dr Robert Bazuro were thinking about as they rushed separately toward Sandy Hook School praying their children were safe after hearing reports of a lockdown and possible shooting.
At the same time, Danbury Hospital Emergency Room physician Dr William Begg III and dozens of his fellow staffers were hastily but carefully constructing a mass casualty triage area anticipating a large number on incoming victims.
DANBURY— A dedicated group of teachers and support staff at Rogers Park Middle School, in conjunction with the Danbury Public schools, are hosting a very special 5K Walk/Run in honor of Sandy Hook educators and families. The event will feature 26 “Inspiration Stations” that will showcase messages of healing and hope for all participants.
The following is an incomplete list of people we wish to thank. It is intended as the beginning to a long thank you. It is just a short list of some of the most impactful gifts we’ve received in the first few months following the death of our son James.
NEW HAVEN (AP) – The man who killed 26 people inside a Connecticut elementary school last year showed interest in other mass killings, people close to the investigation told The Associated Press.
The 20-year-old gunman, Adam Lanza, killed his mother at their home before killing 20 first-graders and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on December 14. He killed himself as police arrived.
Jill Barron, MD, MHS, has been quietly ramping up plans to conduct a critical needs assessment of mental health and support response since arriving in Newtown in late February. But the experienced trauma specialist who worked with New York firefighters post 9/11 made her first local public appearance, receiving an official welcome when she was introduced to the Board of Selectmen March 18.
December 14 was off to a normal start for Marcy Kane, PhD, vice president of Child Services at the regional behavioral health agency Wellmore. Then, shortly after 9:30 am her phone rang.
“It was the Danbury Police Department notifying us that there was a shooting incident [at Sandy Hook School] in Newtown,” Dr Kane told The Bee in a recent interview. The mental health professional said that she and a team of six clinicians immediately responded, not yet prepared for the nightmare scenario they soon would face.
The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission ignored the politics cramping gun-control legislation now under negotiation and issued an interim report Monday recommending broad restrictions on the sale and possession of semiautomatic firearms and ammunition in Connecticut.