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Kids Appreciate Cops

Tuesday was Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

If you missed it — like I did — don’t worry. This story will make up for it.

Dr. Joan and Dennis Poster are long-time police supporters, here and nationally. When the Westport couple mentioned the day to their grandsons Max, Jack and Sam Eigen, the boys decided to do something to show their own support.

Max — a junior at Staples High School — and Bedford Middle School 7th grader Sam asked their friends to write down what they appreciate most about our police. The boys put the notes in a “gratitude jar.” Yesterday morning at Town Hall, they presented it to department officials.

Max and Sam Eigen yesterday, with (from left) Deputy Chief Sam Arciola, Police Chief Foti Koskinas and Officer Nat Batlin, at Westport Town Hall.

Jack asked his Fairfield Country Day School classmates to do the same. He put those notes in another jar, and handed it to Fairfield Police Chief Gary MacNamara and the department.

Police and kids both get plenty of bad press.

Today it’s all good.

One Small Step For Mental Health Awareness

A few days after the Sandy Hook massacre, Max Eigen was in Florida with his family.

Walking the beach on vacation, he and his brothers thought of a small way to help. They collected shells, threaded them with string and beads, then brought them home to sell.

That tiny gesture raised more than $5,000 for Sandy Hook families.

A few months ago, Max was in Florida again. This time, it was the aftermath of 3 suicides: a Staples High School student, Staples teacher and Westport police officer.

Once again, Max wanted to make a difference.

He collected more shells. Once again, he raised $5,000 for mental health awareness and suicide prevention.

From left: Max, Sam and Jack Eigen.

From left: Max, Sam and Jack Eigen.

“It’s hard to sit in Westport and watch all of this,” the Staples sophomore, lacrosse and basketball player, and Service League of Boys (SLOBs) member, says.

“At first I thought there was nothing I could do. But there is.”

He’s talking to the school’s outreach counselor Ed Milton, and Department of Human Services’ Elaine Daignault. He wants them to help organize a club, to keep the issues of mental health and suicide in the forefront of students’ minds.

It’s still in the planning stages. But twice already, Max Eigen has proven he gets to work.

And gets things done.