Herbst proposes naming counseling center after Mary Sherlach

The Trumbull Counseling Center could be getting a new name, under legislation proposed Tuesday by First Selectman Timothy Herbst.

Herbst has proposed naming the center after Trumbull resident Mary J. Sherlach, a school psychologist at Sandy Hook Elementary School who courageously gave her life in defense of children at the school on Dec. 14.

"Mary Sherlach devoted her entire career to helping other people" said Herbst. "Those that knew her and worked with her will always remember her unwavering commitment to helping others. Mary was selfless and courageous. This was truly exemplified by her valiant acts to try and protect the children of Sandy Hook Elementary School."

Herbst said the counseling center, located at 121 Old Mine Road, was the appropriate facility to name after Sherlach.

"Our counseling center exists to help residents who might be encountering problems or experiencing difficulties," Herbst said. "As a school psychologist, Mary dedicated her life's work to helping young children with problems or difficulties. I am confident that the Trumbull Town Council will act decisively in February to approve this important legislation as we honor Mary's memory and pay tribute to her life's work."

If approved, Herbst said the dedication of the Sherlach Counseling Center would occur in the spring.