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Sandy Hook Insanity Continues

Fund For Sandy Hook Responders Lags

By DAVE ALTIMARI, daltimar@courant.com The Hartford Courant

11:20 p.m. EDT, April 21, 2013

More than a month after legislators announced the establishment of a fund to help first responders to the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, just less than $22,000 has been donated by the private companies that pledged to sustain it.

As of Thursday, six donations from private companies have been made to the Sandy Hook Workers Assistance Fund and Program, according to David Barrett, a spokesman for State Treasurer Denise Nappier.

That is a far cry from the money that will likely be needed to pay medical and mental health treatment costs for as many as 300 state and local employees who are considered first responders.

So far there has been no need for the fund to pay any mental health counseling bills for first responders suffering from post traumatic stress syndrome after working at the horrific scene of the Dec. 14 slayings in which 26 people were killed, including 20 first graders gunned down in their classrooms by Adam Lanza.