Fairfield Delegation votes to help those affected by Sandy Hook tragedy

State Sen. John McKinney and State Reps. Tony Hwang, Brenda Kupchick and Kim Fawcett have voted to establish a privately-funded pool of funds to benefit the Newtown police, teachers and emergency workers who have been affected by psychological trauma since the December shooting.

“So much of the discussion in the aftermath of Sandy Hook has focused on what to do to prevent a tragedy like this from happening again, and that’s important work,” said McKinney, whose district includes Newtown. “But, as a community and as a legislature, we also have an obligation to provide our neighbors — many of whom have witnessed unimaginable horror and violence – the resources they need to heal. The Sandy Hook Workers Fund is part of that effort. I’m pleased that we were able to work across party lines and partner with such an esteemed group of civic-minded Connecticut-based organizations to help launch this initiative.”

“The people of Connecticut want to support those who endured the incredible tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School,” Kupchick said. “This bill is a testament to the police, teachers and emergency workers who bravely answered the call that day in December. It is a strong first step toward expressing appreciation and respect to Newtown’s first responders.”

“This bill shows the generosity and empathy that the residents of Connecticut and throughout the world have for those affected at Sandy Hook,” Hwang said. “It is appropriate for the Connecticut General Assembly to support our courageous educators and first responders who have been through such a traumatic event by providing the necessary financial resources and counseling to help them heal from this tragedy. This is a unique legislation specifically designed for Newtown.”

“Anything we can do to support the first responders of Sandy Hook recognizes their critical support role and the trauma so many individuals were subject to on that day,” Fawcett said.

The United Way of Western Connecticut is handling the processing of the donations. The fund will be administered by the state’s Office of Victims Services, with the state treasurer managing its assets.

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