Florida officer hailed as hero

Florida officer hailed as hero

A Florida police officer left with post-traumatic stress disorder in his wake of the Pulse nightclub massacre is being let go of the Eatonville Police Department just a few months ahead of becoming vested in his pension. Omar Delgado, a 45-year-old corporal with the force, was one of the first responders to arrive at the Orlando club where a gunman killed 49 people and injured dozens more. It’s the second deadliest shooting in United States after this year’s massacre at a Las Vegas country music festival . Eatonville Police Officer Omar Delgado. (Dear World / Daymon Gardner / TNS) The officer was hailed as a hero for pulling Angel Colon, a 26-year-old Orlando man wounded three times during the attack, to safety. Delgado told the Orlando Sentinel he returned to patrol duty following the violent incident but could not continue on the job. A post-traumatic stress disorder – which he suspects is a factor in his dismissal. Orlando victim hugs his police officer who pulled him to safety He said he is still in the middle of the night, “like many bars and restaurants. Delgado is working on a job for the last eight months – answering phones and doing other administrative tasks. His last day with the department will be Dec. 31, 2017, according to the newspaper. Memorial marks one year anniversary of Pulse nightclub shooting If Delgado had been allowed to work another six months, he would have become a pensioner – that would allow for him to collect 64% of his $ 38,500 annual salary with benefits for life, Cathy Williams Town Clerk told the Sentinel. “I do not need to be a police officer with my gun belt and so forth to do those little tasks,” he said ahead of the decision. “Could they have let me do that for six more months? That’s the debate. ” Pulse responder who battled department over PTSD receives pension Chief Administration Officer Roger Dixon would like to know more about the decision but said “facts” had caused him “as an administrator to be concerned for the health and safety of the citizens passing through town.” Delgado, who was reunited with Colon following the shooting, recounted how it felt to save a life in an interview with Anderson Cooper after the attack. “It was a feeling you can describe, you know how to help save someone,” he said. “People try to save people all the time, but in that certain situation, it was unreal. “He grabbed me and hugged me, he hugged me like me and just thanked me. I can not tell you how many times he thanked me. ”

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