Officer who responded to Pulse nightclub massacre deemed unfit for duty, fired

Alfred Osborne
December 7, 2017

Omar Delgado some $1,200 in accrued sick time when his job ends at year's end, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

"I could never imagine this, I could never have envisioned something that could change the world", Burke said at the reveal on Today alongside actress Alyssa Milano, who says she was also sexually harassed and helped bring the #MeToo hashtag to a wider audience.

"I'm going through something, and there's no gaurantee I'll get over it and there's no gaurantee I won't", Delgado said. Town officials won't say why, but Delgado said a doctor's finding that PTSD makes him unfit to return to full duty is a factor.

Cpl. Omar Delgado of the Eatonville Police Department was lauded as a hero for saving Angel Colon on the night of the Orlando nightclub shooting that left 49 people dead and dozens injured.

Omar Delgado, 45, was one of the first responders when a gunman opened fire and left 49 dead and dozens injured in what has now become the second-deadliest mass shooting in USA history.

At the Eatonville Town Council's meeting on Tuesday, the council moved to remove him from the force completely.

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Delgado, who was reunited with Colon following the shooting, recalled how it felt to save a life him in an interview with Anderson Cooper after the attack.

Colon, 26, was shot three times in the leg and his bones shattered as desperate club-goers trampled him in a bid to get out of the club.

Six more months would have allowed the 45-year-old officer to collect 64 percent of his salary, plus benefits, for life. "Since he will leave the force before making it to 10 years, he will receive 42% of his earnings, the paper noted". Officer Delgado says that a year and a half later, he is tormented by the same nightmare each night.

Delgado said state lawmakers need to do more to support first responders with PTSD, and he doesn't understand why he's losing his job.

"I have a duty to do per what's legal, per what was said to me, and that's what I have to do", Eatonville Mayor Eddie Cole said about the decision. "It's a small town. And who is going to help me?"

Meanwhile, a bill requiring coverage for mental-health treatment in workers compensation insurance for first responders with PTSD advanced Tuesday in the Florida Senate.

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