Hero cop from Pulse nightclub shooting fired due to PTSD

Elias Hubbard
December 7, 2017

Eatonville, Florida, police officer Omar Delgado was one of the first officers to respond to the deadly massacre, pulling people to safety, but he has since struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Eatonville Town Council voted Tuesday night to pay some of Officer Omar Delgado's accrued sick time before he is dismissed from the police force on December 31.

However, the EPD says it needs to hire a new officer right away for patrol duty, which Delgado can no longer perform after the night he spent in June of 2016 checking bodies in the dark club for signs of life and helping injured people to safety. Had they waited an additional six months, Delgado-who has worked for the department for 9 and a half years-would have been eligible for his pension, in which he would have been able to collect 64 percent of his $38,500 annual salary, with benefits, for life.

Delgado said that following a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder, he's been on light desk duty.

Delgado was one of the first officers to arrive at Pulse nightclub on June 12, 2016 after a gunman opened fire on patrons inside, killing 49 people in the second-deadliest mass shooting in United States history.

Colon, who was shot multiple times, told ABC News in an interview a year ago that he would have "bled to death" if not for the officer who rescued him roughly 25 minutes after gunfire erupted, allowing him to get lifesaving treatment.

Colon attended Tuesday night's council meeting to speak out against the town's decision to get rid of his "hero". 'Could they have let me do that for six more months? "It's a small town. There are circumstances I can't go into because of protected information", Jenkins said via telephone on Wednesday.

The claim was not confirmed by the department but they had reached an agreement with Delgado to terminate his employment, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

"There are some things that I'm not privileged to say", Cole said. "I didn't think I was going to be treated this way". I thought I'd shake it off and everything would be fine, ' he said. Now he plans to apply for disability.

Longo told Inside Edition that Delgado's pension will be fully vested next year, and the lawyer questions why the city is just now cutting ties with Delgado. "But some pictures are bigger than we all know".

"They just need to have his back 100 percent with this", he said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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