A Message From The Newtown Police Chief

Michael Kehoe offers his sympathies, extends appreciation, reassures parents schools are safe, and says police are working to obtain answers to the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook School.

The Newtown Police Department wishes to express its deepest sympathies to the families of those lost in the senseless tragedy that visited Sandy Hook Elementary School and to the entire Town of Newtown on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.

First, let me offer my praise to our teachers and school staff. They became first responders to unimaginable chaos and violence. Their actions under fire to protect the children inspire us all.

Equally inspiring was the courage of our children in helping their classmates. Our police, fire, and emergency medical personnel reacted quickly and without hesitation, rapidly responding to Sandy Hook Elementary School. Their professionalism was heartwarming to witness; our community is proud of them.

I appreciate the many area police departments and the Connecticut State Police, who have provide immediate assistance in our time ofneed. The unconditional support ofthe law enforcement community as we investigate and recover has been overwhelming.

Processing multiple crime scenes in Newtown, conducting countless interviews, and analyzing all of the evidence is very daunting and time-consuming task. Newtown Police Officers are working with state and federal authorities to thoroughly and professionally analyze all aspects of this crime as we seek answers.

I would like to reassure the people of Newtown that our schools are safe. The staff of Sandy Hook Elementary School had taken all reasonable precautions to provide a safe learning environment to the faculty and students of the school. Those precautions clearly saved lives.

I thank the community for its support of the Newtown Police Department. We much appreciate the outpouring of food, gifts, and expressions of support to our agency.

The Newtown Police Department will work with our community partners to restore a sense of security and normalcy to Newtown. Our law enforcement professionals are committed to helping the community through this difficult period. It is my honor to be associated with such fine people.

Gara Arrant December 21, 2012 at 06:58 PM
I hope this message gets to the individual emergency personnel that responded to the unimaginable scene at Sandy Hook. I assume that no amount of training and no amount of exposure to your daily job could possibly prepare you for the aftermath you witnessed. My heart breaks for so many reasons surrounding that dreadful day and you are among those reasons. I pray that you somehow learn to live and cope with the images you must have seen. I'm not sure how that happens. Counseling....prayer....support? So many lives were deeply affected that day and I know that your's are among them. God bless you all and know you are loved, cared for, appreciated, and prayed for.
Susan Williams December 21, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Thank you Black Kat!
Doug Prunr December 21, 2012 at 10:36 PM
In a case like this you first responders often are tempted to second-guess yourselves. Don't. You all did fine. Now take care of each other. Doug Pruner New Mexico
Doug Prunr December 22, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Can't spell my own name- it's Pruner. :-)
Lois Imbriano Barber January 21, 2013 at 12:33 PM
Thank you Chief Kehoe and the rest of Newtown's Finest for all your good work during this terrible crisis.


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