NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Firefighters in New Jersey have launched an effort to help the region heal from two tragedies named Sandy.
Members of the state’s largest firefighter union will honor the memories of the 26 children and educators killed in the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School by building a playground in 26 communities impacted by superstorm Sandy.
Firefighters are working to raise money to construct the 26 new playgrounds.
“It’s certainly appropriate tribute to their children to have a playground where other children can continue to play. Thus the name ‘The Sandy Ground: Where Angels Play,'” Union president Bill Lavin told WCBS 880’s Jim Smith. “To have children laughing and having fun on a playground that would not ordinarily be there, giving the community hope.”
Lavin said the playground construction gives first responders a chance to divert their emotions.
“Working on something like this certainly is a catharsis for us,” he told Smith.