Ribbon-cutting held at playground dedicated to Sandy Hook victim Jessie Lewis at West Beach in Stamford

The playground was built by volunteer police and fire personnel, as well as others, on Friday. (5/4/14)

STAMFORD - A playground at West Beach in Stamford has been dedicated to 6-year-old Jessie Lewis, who was killed in the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Hundreds attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sunday morning for Lewis, who shouted for his classmates to run while gunman Adam Lanza paused to reload his weapon during the December 2012 attack in Newtown.

“Jesse acted bravely that day, using his last few minutes on earth to save 9 of his classmates,” said his mother Scarlette Lewis.

The playground was built by volunteer police and fire personnel, as well as others, on Friday.

The Sandy Ground Project hopes to build a total of 26 playgrounds in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey, with each dedicated to a victim of the December 2012 massacre in Newtown. Lewis’ playground was No. 20.

Six more playgrounds are scheduled to be built by the beginning of the summer.

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