Police relieve Newtown officers on Christmas Day

Redding police officers have lent a hand to their neighbors in Newtown since the morning of Friday, Dec. 14, when a gunman shot and killed 20 students and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School before taking his own life.

To give Newtown police officers a break and time to be with their families on Christmas Day, Redding police officers as well as other Connecticut police officers filled their positions for the day.

Redding Police Chief Douglas Fuchs said chiefs from neighboring towns were in overall command for the day, each taking shifts.

“The Brookfield police chief took the midnight shift, I took the day shift and the New Canaan police chief took half the evening shift and the Bridgeport police chief to the other half of the evening shift,” he said. “Shelton’s police chief was also there in between shifts.”

Lt. Mark O’Donnell worked half an evening shift and Officer Tim Succi came in on his day off to work a day shift, said Chief Fuchs. There were dozens of other officers from across the state who took other shifts, he added.

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