To the Editor:

On behalf of myself and my two boys, Nicholas and Anthony, I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks and gratitude to everyone in the community who has been so supportive of the Wilkinson and Fratino families in the aftermath of this terrible tragedy.

The support and generosity of the community have been overwhelming.

Thanks to the help of the incredible staff in the New Milford school system, both boys are back in school and playing soccer and are benefiting from time with friends.

Many local businesses and organizations have offered their help and I'd like to thank them all. Although they are too numerous to list individually, they are all truly appreciated.

And finally, I would like to thank the New Milford emergency services, including firefighter Ed Pagan, who was the first responder who found my son and rescued him from the debris.

He is truly a hero.

Kimberly Fratino

New Milford