SWAT Team To Hold Fundraiser for Officers Injured in North Haven Explosion

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The South Central SWAT Team is holding a fundraiser to raise money for the officers who were injured in an explosion in North Haven earlier this month.

Those officers have not been able to work since the explosion and all have a long road to recovery ahead of them, according to East Haven Police.

The public is invited to Stony Creek Brewery in Branford from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, for beer, food, raffles and laughs.

Each ticket costs $30 and includes admission, 2 Stony Creek craft beers, food and raffle tickets.

On May 2, members of the South Central Regional SWAT team were called to a house on Quinnipiac Avenue to arrest a man after a domestic violence incident was reported earlier, according to police.

The man refused to communicate with police and barricaded himself inside the home. While members of the SWAT team were securing buildings on the property, there was a massive explosion in a barn that caused a fire that spread to other buildings. The force of the explosion was so violent that the officers were blown off of their feet, East Haven police said.

Nine officers were seriously injured and hospitalized after the blast. The five officers from East Haven, three from North Haven and one from Branford suffered injuries including concussions, broken bones, burns and leg and knee injuries.

All of the officers have been released from the hospital, but several still have to recover from physical and psychological injuries.

Some officers have had surgeries and other may still undergo surgery, according to police.

All of the money raised will help the officers support their families, police said.

If you'd like to purchase tickets to the fundraiser, you can do so here.

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