Sunday was one of those nights that a New Milford family will cherish forever.

The Morrissey family found themselves in the pit in front of the stage at “A Concert for Recovery with Keith Urban,” a benefit to fight opioid abuse at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

But that wasn’t the highlight of the night.

Urban signed the guitar he was using at Sunday night’s show and handed it to Maddy Morrisey during the concert, according to Kicks 105.5.

Tony Morrisey, Maddy’s father told Kicks 105.5, “Our son Brian Cody lost his battle to addiction on Aug. 10, 2019, leaving behind a two-year old daughter (Aubree) and, at the time, a fiancé, Makayla Showalter, who was carrying their second child. Their daughter Adilyn was born on Sept. 18, 2019.”

He told the country music station he was searching for something to bring comfort to the family.

“The benefit concert seemed like a perfect event, and even though pit tickets for a family my size was crazy expensive — eight kids, something told me it would be worth it and, boy was it.”

They have begun volunteering locally through the New Milford Coalition for Awareness and New Begininings, partnering with the New Milford Police Department, have met with state Attorney General William Tong, “but most importantly, they are in the process of introducing new legislation in Brian Cody’s Law.”

Showalter and the Morrisseys are fighting for changes and to implement programs to combat the overdose epidemic plaguing not only New Milford, but the entire nation.

“I have a battle plan,” Tony Morrissey said. “Heroin picked a fight with the wrong family.”

The first thing the Morrisseys hope to accomplish is shutting down the trap houses, or places where people come to buy and take drugs, in New Milford.

“There should be no safe harbor for these evil acts,” Tony Morrissey said.

They sat down with Mayor Pete Bass and state Rep. Bill Buckbee, R-New Milford, in September to see what can be done through government to stop and treat the epidemic.

One idea is “Brian Cody’s Law” which will crack down on these trap houses. Buckbee said he can start working on the bill with his legislative team as soon as the Morrisseys share their goals for the bill. He can then gather bipartisan support and try to push it through the short session when the General Assembly returns in February.

The Morrisseys also hope for changes at the treatment levels. They questioned the admission policies in places that require someone to have dirty urine to enter, even if the person has a history and at risk of relapse.

Tony Morrisey told Kicks 105.5. “There are not enough words to describe my gratitude for what he did for my family. Just wow!”

Urban in an interview with WTNH, said “It [addiction] affects way more people than we realize, it goes outward so fast. It’s something that needs awareness publicly to demystify [addiction] … and that there is a way forward.”

All of the money raised at the concert will be used to fight opioid addiction here in Connecticut.

For information on CT Recovers: Break the Stigma of Opioid Use Disorder, visit https://www.ctrealtors.com/recovery/ Earlier reporting by staff writer Katrina Koerting was used in this story.