THE TOP TEN FRANKLIN STORIES OF 2021: #3

20 injured when SUV plows into spectators at parade in Wisconsin

Six people, including 8-year-old Jackson Sparks, died and dozens were injured on Sunday, November 21, 2021, after Darrell Brooks drove his red SUV through the crowd of performers and bystanders at the Waukesha Christmas parade. Graphic videos of the event show the vehicle driven by Brook running over marchers, dancers, and parade attendees. The criminal complaint alleges that “this was an intentional act to strike and hurt as many people as possible.”

Brooks has a lengthy rap sheet and had just posted bond just a few days before the parade.

Following the mass murder Franklin Mayor Steve Olson posted the following on the Franklin Community Forum Facebook page:

I have sent Mayor Shawn Reilly (Mayor, City of Waukesha) a message and offer of additional assistance with this senseless act of violence. There were several Franklin Police Officers and Firefighter/Paramedics who were off-duty and attending the parade with family who were able to immediately offer aid to victims. Franklin sent additional police officers and equipment to the scene to assist Waukesha PD. I ask that you keep the victims in your prayers and remember that there are a whole lot of kids who have seen terrible and tragic things tonight that they will remember for the rest of their lives. I hope they can get the help they’ll need.

Olson added:

It’s now up to the families and community to make sure that the kids recover both physically and perhaps more importantly, emotionally to this event. I’m told that Waukesha’s mental health system is good. I pray that they’re better. Kids shouldn’t have to have this trauma in their lives. I’m proud of my friend Mayor Riley and the message he said at the presser this evening. I’m praying for him and Waukesha tonight.

For the first time in the city’s history Franklin had scheduled its own Christmas parade and quickly announced it would not cancel. The Dancing Grannies contacted Franklin and expressed their desire to participate.

The Dancing Grannies are heroes of 2021.

THE TOP 10 FRANKLIN STORIES OF 2021
1) ?
2) ?
3) FRANKLIN AND THE WAUKESHA MASSACRE
4) OVER AT FPS, POOR JUDY MUELLER
5) BALLPARK COMMONS ADDS TO QUALITY OF LIFE
6) WHERE IS SANDRA ECKERT?
7) WHERE ARE THE VACCINATIONS?
8) FPS & CNN
9) HOUSING BOOM
10) FRANKLIN POLITICS

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