Sandy Hook Workers Assistant Fund approved

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- A bill that would help workers traumatized by the school shooting in Newtown sailed right through the state legislature.

Some of the state's largest companies are pledging money to support those teachers and first responders.

Two Newtown Police officers tell News 8 approximately five officers are still out following the Sandy Hook tragedy.

And, in some cases, people have come back to work, stayed a few weeks, then decided they need time off. Help is needed and today we learned help is on the way.

Those who didn't hesitate to help, are not afraid to admit they need help.

"If you are not speaking to anybody right now, it's only going to hurt you. The services out there have been wonderful," said Detective Jason Frank, Newtown Police Department.

The horrors witnessed inside Sandy Hook elementary school are unspeakable and yet, so many first responders, teachers, volunteers no doubt have certain images they wish they could erase from their minds but can not.

"We asked them, 'What can we do?'" said Rep. Larry Cafero.

What was done was vote to create a special fund, the "Sandy Hook Workers Assistance Fund," to help people suffering psychological trauma as a result of their job. Money will come from private donations.

"What happened at Sandy Hook was such an incredible tragedy. Being the mother of three young elementary school children, when this opportunity arose, it was the least that we could do to give back," said Stephanie McMahon, WWE.

"The people who ran into that building, are not just constituents, but in many cases they are friends," said Sen. John McKinney.

The money will help an estimated 150 to 200 people, and will be distributed by the Office of Victim's Services. On December 14th so many didn't hesitate a moment to help and now is the time to extend that same courtesy. 

"Just like everybody else, we want to get back to our normal lives," said Detective Frank.

The bill establishing the Sandy Hook Workers Fund passed 143-0 in the House and 35-0 in the Senate.

Governor Malloy applauded the bi-partisan decision, and says he looks forward to signing the bill.

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