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NO. R-27. JOINT RESOLUTION in memory of the Sullivan Family members of Bennington.

(J.R.H. 23)

Offered by: Representatives Morrissey of Bennington, Colvin of Bennington, Freed of Dorset, Hoag of Woodford, Krawczyk of Bennington, Livingston of Manchester, Miller of Shaftsbury, Molloy of Arlington, Palmer of Pownal and Pembroke of Bennington.

Whereas, on Sunday morning, December 17, 2000, an incomprehensibly horrible tragedy struck the town of Bennington when a sudden fire quickly killed six members of the Sullivan family, representing three generations of one of the community’s most wonderful and loved families, and

Whereas, the depth of loss and sadness felt by Bennington residents is beyond descriptive prose, and

Whereas, the victims of this unbelievable tragedy included Richard Sullivan, his wife of 31 years, Harriet Sullivan, their daughters Ashley, age 18, Tiffany, age 14 and Amanda, age 10, and their baby grandson Joseph, age six months, and

Whereas, Richard Sullivan was a 29-year veteran of Stanley Tools where he was employed as a department leader, and had proudly earned his GED high school equivalency certificate in the 1980s, and

Whereas, he was known as an accomplished craftsperson and avid CB radio hobbyist, and

Whereas, most importantly, he was known as a person who was the first to help others in need, and he always gave 110 percent in any endeavor, and

Whereas, Harriet Sullivan drove a bus for over 30 years, and was greatly loved by the schoolchildren who each day were entrusted to her watchful care, and

Whereas, Ashley Sullivan was an enthusiastic member and fundraiser for the school chorus, and

Whereas, Tiffany Sullivan was a Girl Scout, and member of the school drama club, who was known by her many friends as a strongly supportive person, and

Whereas, Amanda Sullivan was known at school as an overachiever, a participant in many extracurricular activities, and as a person concerned about the well-being of her classmates, and

Whereas, Joseph Sullivan-Knapp was the new star of this loving family, and

Whereas, the surviving family members include two daughters, Harriet "Sissy" and Nicole, and a son Aaron, and

Whereas, the deceased Sullivan family members will be fondly remembered both as a family, and as individuals, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its truly profound condolences to the Sullivan family and its support for the community efforts that have been established to assist the surviving Sullivan family members, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send an individual copy of this resolution to Harriet and Aaron Sullivan, Mr. and Mrs. David Pierce, and Marion Rowe, all in Bennington.