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First Selectman Tests Wilton Police Response Time

First Selectman Bill Brennan started his workweek by testing his alarm system in case there is ever an emergency in his office similar to the shooting Saturday of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz.

Unaware of Brennan's plan, Wilton police rushed to the first selectman's office expecting to find Brennan in need of help only to find him perfectly fine. Police said Brennan has spoken to Police Chief Michael Lombardo about his actions since pulling the alarm Monday morning.

Ideally, he would alert us if he wants to check the alarm system,” Wilton Police Media Relations Officer, Lieutenant Donald Wakeman said in a phone interview.

Brennan was called to comment, but was unavailable at the time of the call.  Later on Tuesday his Executive Assistant, Jan Andras, sent an-email saying, “I gave Bill [Brennan] your message about the alarm system.  He does not comment on safety issues, i.e. alarms that we do or do not have – we don’t want that kind of information made public.  We were simply testing something.”

Connecticut U.S. Rep. Jim Himes seemed less worried about his safety as met with constituents in Westport on Monday. "We can't function if we function in an environment of fear," Himes said at his brown bag luncheon with Westport First Selectman Gordon Josseloff.

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