The Newtown Police department has dedicated the training/community room of the new police station in the honor of one of their fallen officers.
Stephen Ketchum died in 2016 due to injuries associated with his response to the attacks on 9/11. Ketchum joined the Newtown Police Department in 1989, and shortly thereafter he became a certified instructor and Field Training officer.
He was also an active member with his local fire department and spent several years as a School Resource Officer. During the latter part of his career he became a founding member of the traffic division and the first motorcycle officer.
Department officials say they see the community room becoming a landmark for future training of Police officers and a place for community gatherings as a reflection of Ketchum's dedication to service.
Bob Morris and Signarama in Danbury created the lettering and donated the labor.