Massachusetts Firefighter Raises $16,000 for Families of Newtown Shooting Victims

Braintree (MA) firefighter Robbie Loud has raised $16,000 to help families affected by the school shooting in Newtown (CT), reports CBS Boston.

“I was actually sitting here in the firehouse and I said to one of the guys, I said, ‘What do you think about making some stickers in remembrance of the children and these teachers?'” Robbie Loud recalled of his reaction to the shooting of 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

He reached out to a friend in the printing business, Larry Chan from Signs and Prints in Braintree, who helped come up with two decals. One has the date of the tragedy, 12/14/12, and the other has six stars for the teachers and 20 for the children who died.

“We made up the stickers and then it was just go-go-go after that. It really hit home with my girls in second grade and kindergarten and then one on the way. It just it really hit home,” he said.

Within days of picking up the first batch of stickers in late December, Loud was ordering more decals, and now, five months later, he has sold more than 7,000. Tuesday, Loud will mail a $16,000 dollar check from Braintree Firefighters Local 920 to The Sandy Hook School Support Fund.

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