Chief Matthew Canelli and Lieutenant David D'Ancicco had a surprise visitor at the North Branford Police Department on Wednesday afternoon – a Newtown woman brought a basket full of homemade cookies and handmade cards as a token of appreciation for the NBPD's help on Dec. 14 and in the aftermath of the Newtown shooting.
"It was very touching," said D'Ancicco, who was one of six members of the NBPD who volunteered their time to help on Dec. 14 and its aftermath, along with Timothy Cunningham, Mark Flanagan, James Lovelace, David Madoule, Ronald Ferrucci and David D'Ancicco. Each will receive a plaque of recognition from the North Branford Police Commission.
The cards were made by kindergarteners from Sandy Hook Elementary School, wishing their "heroes" a happy Valentine's Day and thanking them for "helping our school and making our school feel safe and happy." The cards are now displayed on a board at the NBPD.
The cookies – "Cookies of Kindness" – were also accompanied by a card that read:
The parents, teacher and children of Sandy Hook Elementary School send big hugs and heartfelt thanks for your service to our community following the tragedy of 12-14-12.
Please enjoy the homemade cookies (all nut-free) and know that our entire "Sandy Hook Family" appreciates all that you have given us.
With sincere thanks,
The Sandy Hook Elementary School Community
"For them to come all the way to thank us after all they've been through means a lot," said Canelli.