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A fresh start for Sandy Hook


The flagpole in Newtown following the shooting tragedy.

The flagpole in Newtown following the shooting tragedy.

A task force has recommended that the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., be torn down and a new school be built on another site.

That’s a good and important step for the community’s healing process. The nation has been grieving with Newtown since the shooting tragedy in December that claimed 26 lives.

I covered the Newtown tragedy for The Weston Forum because of the involvement of Weston police officer, Sgt. Pat Daubert, who was off duty at his home in Bethel, when the call came in about a shooting at the Sandy Hook school. He immediately raced there and offered to help in whatever way he could.

Sgt. Daubert spent the early part of the day helping parents reunite with their children at a nearby firehouse. That afternoon, he was assigned to assist the Previdi family, whose daughter Caroline, 6, was one of the victims claimed in the senseless shootings.

Initially, Sgt. Daubert helped the family deal with obsessive media coverage so they could carry out their funeral plans in peace. But his assistance didn’t stop there. To this day, he’s still helping the family deal with myriad issues. He’s just one of the quiet faces doing what he can to help others cope in the face of an unspeakable tragedy.

The pain, loss, and suffering from this horrific event is never going to be fully eased or eradicated. But life must go on. Tearing down the old school and building a new one was not a decision that everyone in the community supported. Some believed the current school should be remodeled and renovated. In the end, though, a new fresh start and beginning is what everyone needs. Good luck Newtown, we’re with you.

Images from Newtown. —Patricia Gay photos all rights reserved

Painful memories from Newtown. The community is ready to move forward with a new school and a fresh start.

Photos by Patricia Gay. All rights reserved.

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