New Fairfield had declared yesterday as Lou Russo Day, in honor of a 97-year old World War II veteran. The Tunnel to Towers Foundation, started in part by former New Fairfield First Selectman John Hodge, worked with the Home Depot to honor Russo's military career on Veterans Day.
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The store's Celebration of Service Program helped make improvements to his home to ensure his safety and accessibility. The work was valued at $20,000.
During a flag raising ceremony at Russo's home, a plaque was dedicated in memory of Lou's brother Anthony who was killed in the first wave at Normandy.
Two years ago, Russo fell and a social worker saw the poor condition of his roof, forcing him into a nursing home. A court-appointed conservator was supposed to arrange for the home to be repaired, but instead spent Russo's life savings, sold his belongings and rented out the house. The conservator has been ordered to repay Russo, but has so for not made payment.