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Kids need heroes now more than ever. There were countless heroes at Newtown on December 14, 2012. Many people all around the world want to pay tribute to their selfless and valiant efforts.
The police who ran into Sandy Hook Elementary and prevented even more horror are heroes. The firefighters who were stationed at the Newtown Firehouse when terrified children came pouring in are heroes. The doctors and EMTs who were ready to care for the wounded are heroes. Sadly, this time very few people needed their care. These are our first responders and over and over again they have been on hand at every American tragedy.
Now, as a result of this latest mass shooting, we have a new kind of hero – teachers and educators. Some gave their lives, but all tried to protect the young children in their care. It has been said that, The hero is one who kindles a great light in the world, who sets up blazing torches in the dark streets of life. The staff at Sandy Hook Elementary did just that.
Children are watching today’s heroes. Many kids have wanted to grow up to be a police officer, a firefighter, or EMT. This week, one of the young first graders who was killed had dreams of becoming a firefighter. At his funeral, firefighters from Newtown and neighboring communities saluted him.
To read more about heroes and their importance in the development of young people, see these resources:
Tool Kits for Kids Newsletter Issue Featuring Heroes
Heroes Are More Important to Children Than Ever
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