05 27 2015

Quinlan Firefighter Finds Sandy Hook Balloon In Yard

By Larry Briscoe
Hearts that were broken by tragedy in Newtown, Conn., reached out this week all the way to Quinlan-Tawakoni.
A balloon released from Sandy Hook Elementary School landed a short distance from W.H. Ford High in the front yard of the home of firefighter Curtis Randall.
The Newtown school was the location of a horrific shooting spree that left children and adults dead on Dec. 14.
“I want to let Connecticut know their hearts touched Texas,” Randall said.
A note was attached to an orange latex balloon and a Mylar balloon bearing the image of a cross.
The note states, “Sandy Hook Elementary School First Grade Angels, Dec. 14, 2012. We miss you. You will always be remembered. Our hearts are broken because you each are gone. Pray for us.”
Twenty names were listed — Daniel, Olivia, Josephine, Ana, Dylan, Madeline, Catherine, Chase, Jesse, James, Grace, Emile, Jack, Noah, Caroline, Jessica, Avielle, Benjamin, Allison and Charlotte.
Randall said he felt it was appropriate that the balloon and sentiments be placed on his family’s Christmas tree.
Randall is a firefighter for the Quinlan and Tawakoni South departments.



Photo by Larry Briscoe
Sentiments added to Christmas tree
Firefighter Curtis Randall shows the balloon and note from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., that landed last week in his front yard.

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