Target: Sergeant Steve Santucci, Newtown Police Department spokesperson
Goal: Commend police officers from all over Connecticut who worked on Christmas to allow Newtown officers to spend the day with their families.
Newtown, Connecticut has seen far too much tragedy in recent days, and police officers and first responders are among those who have been deeply affected by the heartbreaking shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Police officers from all over Connecticut showed their compassion and appreciation for the Newtown Police force, however, by volunteering to work on Christmas Day, covering shifts so that every single Newtown police officer could spend the day at home with family. These volunteering officers deserve resounding thanks for their kindhearted and generous gesture. Sign the petition commending Connecticut police officers for their kind act.
Because the officers involved in the plan did not want their good deed to become about publicity, news of the Christmas shift-covering was kept quiet until just before Christmas, when Sergeant Steve Santucci, the spokesperson for the Newtown Police Department, confirmed rumors that had been floating around the internet, calling the officers “amazing” and marveling that they had been “non-stop in their aid.”
In addition, many officers are donating their Christmas pay–which is higher than a normal day’s pay due to overtime/holiday hours–to charities that benefit Newtown and Sandy Hook. Some reportedly volunteered their time without being paid at all.
A kind gesture like this one is worthy of notice and admiration. Because the officers involved wish to remain anonymous, there is no way to offer our praise and appreciation to them directly, so sign the petition asking Newtown Police Department spokesperson Steve Santucci to pass along our thanks and admiration to the officers and departments who made Christmas so special for Newtown officers and their families.
Dear Sergeant Santucci,
Please express my sincerest thanks and admiration to the police departments and individual officers who worked on Christmas to give Newtown officers a day at home with their families. Although the officers involved have eschewed publicity and chosen to remain anonymous, such a colossal act of kindness and generosity deserves only the highest and most heartfelt praise.
Newtown has certainly had more than its fair share of heartbreak in recent days, and police and first responders have undoubtedly been among those most affected by the tragic events at Sandy Hook. It is more important than ever for officers to have a support system, both at home with their families and within the police force. Thanks to the kind gesture of officers from all over Connecticut, Newtown police officers can feel secure in both.
Nothing will erase the heartbreak of Sandy Hook from our minds and hearts, but stories like this remind us all that there is still beauty and hope in the world. Please extend the very best wishes–Christmas and otherwise–to all the volunteering officers, the Newtown police force, and the families of both.
[Your Name Here]
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