First responder to Pulse night club massacre could face pension cut


Orlando to buy a Pulse night club, put it in memorial

City of Orlando, Florida to buy a Pulse night club, the site of the worst mass shootings in AMERICAN history, and transform it into a monument

A policeman who responded to last year’s Pulse Nightclub massacre in Florida is fired — only six months before you qualify for retirement benefits.

Cpl. Omar Delgado of the Eatonville Police Department was told on Monday that his last day would be Dec. 31.

Six months would have allowed that the 45-year-old official of the collection of 64 percent of his salary, plus benefits, for life. Instead, he will now receive only 42 percent of his salary from the age of 55 years, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

The officer claims that the department made the decision after a doctor found him unfit to return to full duty because of post-traumatic stress disorder.

The department did not confirm Delgado’s claim, but Deputy Chief Joseph Jenkins said the department reached an agreement with Delgado to end his employment, the Sentinel report said.

Delgado was one of the first police officers on the scene June 12, 2016, after a gunman killed 49 people and left 68 people injured. He was praised for helping to save the life of Angel Colon, who had been shot multiple times.

Delgado now suffers from PTSD. A few months after the shooting, he returned to his patrol job, but soon had to stop because the memories of the bloody night club scene and pursued him.

“To many people. God forbid, something happens — I don’t know if I would be able to respond,” Delgado said, to talk about the fact that anxious also to restaurants and bars.

For the last eight months, Delgado has worked an office job, but will not be able to reap the benefits of his pension when he is let go by the end of the month after nearly 10 years on the job.

Follow us

Don't be shy, get in touch. We love meeting interesting people and making new friends.

Most popular