[The following is an open letter to the public from Dr. John Murphy, president and CEO of the Western Connecticut Health Network, of which New Milford Hospital is a part].

Some days remind us what a special part of the world we live in.

While none of us will ever forget Friday, Dec. 14, we will always remember how our community came together.

From the bravery of the people at the school, to the first responders who acted so quickly, to the families who comforted neighbors, to the medical professionals who were on duty at our hospital or rallied in the community, people put the needs of others in front of their own.

The local, and global, outpouring was simply remarkable.

As a physician, a resident of our community and the leader of our local health network, I am proud to live and work in a community filled with so many selfless people who give of themselves every day.

At Danbury Hospital, our halls were filled on Friday with the finest medical professionals who dropped everything to make our hospital ready for as many opportunities to help as fate would permit.

Our colleagues at New Milford Hospital immediately supported us with staff, resources and words of encouragement.

Today, as we look forward, our hospitals continue to work with local agencies to ensure people who live here can easily access the support they need to get through this difficult time.

At Western Connecticut Health Network, we dedicate every day to save, preserve and enhance people's lives. Even though days like Friday are so difficult to endure, they reinforce our mission and define the role we play in our community.

That moment reminds us why we call this place home.

We extend our deepest sympathy to those affected and heartfelt gratitude to those who help ease any suffering.

Dr. John M. Murphy

President and CEO

Western Connecticut

Health Network