The Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps issued the following statement late Friday night:
"The tragedy that occurred today in Sandy Hook has affected the entire Newtown community in a profound way. As EMS providers and members of this community, we too are affected by this devastating event. At this time, we ask that everyone will respect the privacy of our community as we grieve the loss of our friends and neighbors. Please keep the victims and their families in your thoughts and prayers, especially during this holiday season."
"Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps responded in full force today both on-scene and at our garage with extensive support provided by surrounding town EMS agencies. We extend our heartfelt thanks to the outpouring of assistance from our brothers and sisters in the emergency medical services, and all other emergency personnel."
"We have been contacted by a great number of persons and agencies wishing to help in some way. At this time, we understand that Newtown Savings Bank is setting up a fund for those affected by the shooting. Those wishing to make donations to Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps, or to find out more information regarding our Corps, can do so at www.newtown-ambulance.org."
The Officers of the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps
[Editor's note: The Newtown Savings Bank was not immediately available for comment on Saturday, Dec. 15. Representatives of the Ambulance Corp. indicated that they expected to have more details on Monday, Dec. 17. Patch will continue to provide updates on how to help.]