AUGUSTA, Maine — Members of the Maine Warden Service’s Critical Incident Stress Management Team were recognized by the state of Connecticut for their role in the response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December.

Cpl. John MacDonald said Tuesday CISM team members played a role in debriefing law enforcement staff that were first on scene at the Newtown, Conn., school on June 14.

Game Warden Lt. Tom Ward, Sgt. Jason Luce, Chaplain Kate Braestrup and Lt. Bill Allen were recognized for their efforts in debriefing 11 state environmental police officers that were first responders to the tragedy in which 26 people, including 20 children, were slain.

The CISM team was organized nearly a decade ago to provide game wardens tools to help manage critical incidents often faced on the job.

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