Firefighters, police officers honor Newtown victims
There were more funerals Wednesday for the victims of the deadly school shooting in Connecticut as the president made a call to action to try to prevent more tragedies like this.
The long ride home for Daniel Barden paused briefly in front of the Newtown fire station as first responders saluted the little boy who always said he wanted to be one of them, like his uncles, when he grew up.
Hundreds of firefighters from across the region lined the route of the procession to honor the seven-year-old.
"Daniel's family and this community are the ones that are grieving at this point and they are the ones that need the strength," said Kevin Morrow, New York Fire Department.
Two of Daniel's classmates were also buried Wednesday.
Charlotte Bacon wanted to be a veterinarian and loved anything pink, while Caroline Previdi always tried to make people laugh.
Family members say 27-year-old Victoria Soto had a childhood dream: she wanted to be a teacher. Soto died during the massacre fighting to protect her students.
"She was a true hero," said one mourner.
Soto was honored by dozens of police officers. So many mourners showed up to remember Soto that hundreds had to stand outside during her funeral.
The grieving here will not go away as the call to action gets stronger. President Obama announced the formation of a task force led by Vice-President Joe Biden.
"I"m convinced we can make a sensible, intelligent way to make us safer and stronger place for our kids to learn and to grow," said Obama.
Obama is calling for concrete proposals in January to address gun violence and mental health issues.
"The fact that this problem is complex can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing," he said.
In Newton, administrators are preparing for Sandy Hook survivors to return to class. That will happen January 2nd, about 7 miles from Newtown.
But not all of the families are ready.
Eric Milgram's daughter Lauren huddled with classmates in a bathroom at Sandy Hook Elementary as her friends were murdered in the class next door.
"She's just so afraid of another gunman or something else bad happening," he said.
In a place where there are constant reminders of the evil that's already happened here, at least four more funerals are scheduled for Thursday. Services for the school psychologist are being handled by her boyfriend who had planned to propose to her on Christmas Eve.