The Newtown Police Union has become the beneficiary of a private fundraising drive initiated by a student majoring in criminal justice at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) in New Britain.
In ceremonies held January 20 at the police station, CCSU student David Rohner presented to Daniel McAnaspie, the union’s vice president, a check for $12,500, representing money that Mr Rohner and others had raised by selling a lapel pin that commemorates 12/14.
The black, white, and gold-colored pin bears the Town of Newtown seal and holds the legend: “Forever In Our Hearts / Sandy Hook Elementary / Never Forget 12/14/12.” The pin also includes the twisted ribbon that symbolizes the event.
Det McAnaspie said that Mr Rohner created the pin shortly after 12/14. Mr Rohner is a security guard at Westfarms Mall in West Hartford.
Mr Rohner, with the help of coworkers at the mall, and the aid of his father, who is a retired East Hartford police officer, began selling the lapel pins to friends and coworkers. Mr Rohner gave copies of the pins to all Newtown police officers.
Det McAnaspie said that through his hard work, Mr Rohner was able to raise $12,500 through sale of the commemorative pins.
“This was completely unexpected and a wonderful gesture by this young man,” the detective said.
“It has been eye-opening for us…to see what individuals and groups did to support our officers. This money will be used to support those officers in need for years to come,” Det McAnaspie said.
Commenting on Mr Rohner’s donation, Det McAnaspie said, “It is a great comfort to us all to know that our community and fellow officers have been supported so much.”
“We would like to thank Mr David Rohner for his time, commitment, and support. It is truly appreciated,” he added.