Companies donate security technology to Newtown

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 18, 2013 at 6:34 pm •  Published: January 18, 2013
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NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut company said Friday it has nearly finished installing state-of-the-art security equipment at a school to which students were moved after the deadly Newtown school shooting.

Thomas Marino Jr.'s father owns Advanced Security Technologies in Stratford, which provides security services to Newtown High School and was told to remotely lock down buildings on Dec. 14, the day of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

"It was hard for us to realize what was happening," Marino said. In an effort to provide some peace of mind to Sandy Hook students, staff and parents, he decided to reach out to about a dozen security manufacturers and ask whether they'd donate equipment if his father's company contributed the labor to install it at the new school in Monroe.

"Nobody said no," he said.

Marino said he has since collected hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of equipment and other services. It's been enough to outfit the Monroe school with technology ranging from an intrusion detection system to a panic alarm, as well as to fully equip Newtown's five other schools.