first responders

  • Lisa Unleashed: MTA Police Canine Graduates — Furry First Responders

    The most recent Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) police graduates came heeling into New York City’s Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall last week amid the “Pomp And Circumstance Walking Commencement March” and the MTA Pipe & Drum Band Ceremonial Unit presenting of the colors. After bagpipe music filled the cavernous terminal, everyone fell silent when the Phantom of the Opera’s Marcus Lovett sang the national anthem. A moment of national pride.

  • Firefighters Banding Together For Sandy Hook 5K

    The third annual Sandy Hook 5K will bring together 1,500 adults and 250 children on Saturday, March 28, to honor the memories of those who were killed on, as well as to offer continued support to those affected by, 12/14. An additional 100 runners will participate virtually, having signed up online with a commitment to run in their hometowns. Proceeds from all race fees, as well as funds raised by individuals and groups participating on March 28, will benefit The Newtown Memorial Fund.

  • Police Need A New Facility

    To the Editor:

    Twenty-four hours a day 365 days a year the old tractor store, where the Police Department of Newtown are housed, is the most used building in town. You may have noted the new construction throughout town for the other first responders EMS and the firemen.

    No doubt the Police Commission has formulated plans for a new modern building. We must not  forget the needs of all our first responders. Newtowners should support their police personnel by moving toward a new  modern facility very soon.

  • Our Volunteers Are Protecting Us … Who’s Protecting Them?

    To the Editor:

    Our town is blessed with five volunteer fire departments, as well as a volunteer ambulance and a volunteer dive team.  Some of you may not realize that these volunteers are on call 24/7 . When you need them, they are there at the scene of an accident, at your home, responding to fires, medical emergencies and water rescues, among other scenarios.  At a time when you are most likely in the most vulnerable, stressed and emotional state, they are calmly and efficiently at your side.

  • Connecticut Native Raises Funds To Give First Responders 'That Superman Feeling'

    Having grown up in Connecticut, Liz Kelley felt compelled to visit the Memorial Tent on Church Hill Road after the 12/14 tragedy. While there, in January, she met Gloria Milas, whose daughter, Sarah, is an EMT with Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps. That was when Ms Kelley, who now lives in Massachusetts, decided to do something to honor the first responders.

    That something was vouchers for hang gliding lessons.

  • Beautiful Baby Contest Sneak Preview This Weekend

    Taryn and Michael Aiello of Oxford were the first parents to enter their children in this year’s Beautiful Baby Photo Contest. The contest is a charitable fundraiser, this year raising funds for Newtown’s First Responders and the My Sandy Hook Family Fund.

  • "Strength For Service To God And Country:" NUMC Inaugurates Distribution Of Daily Meditations For First Responders

    The new books, like the originals, are meant to fit easily into large pockets. The paperback measures 4½ by 5½ inches.


  • Beautiful Baby Contest Entries Arriving; Police Union Receives First Donation

    Connor Monaghan recently gave Newtown Police Captain Joe Rios, left, and Lieutenant George Sinko a check for the police union fund, representing the first batch of entry fee checks for the 2013 Newtown Beautiful Baby Photo Contest. Connor was the 2010 Beautiful Baby Contest winner.

  • Help NUSAR Keep Newtown Safe

    To the Editor:

    For over 20 years we, the men and women of NUSAR [Newtown Underwater Search and Rescue], have been providing emergency water rescue services and water safety instruction to Newtown and our neighboring communities. With so many lakes, ponds, rivers and streams in our area, NUSAR is a vital link in our region’s chain of first responders.

  • Fund Needs To Detach The Strings From Victims’ Money

    To the Editor:

    Cristina Lafferty-Hassinger, daughter of the Sandy Hook principal lost in 12/14, spoke out in an March 6, 2013 Danbury News-Times article, of her frustration with how the United Way of Western Connecticut is distributing the monies from the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, which News-Times reported to now be at $10 million. Key issues were the delay in getting funds distributed and requiring “proof of hardship.”