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'Hero' Eatonville officer of Pulse attack loses job, feels 'pushed out'

'Hero' Eatonville officer of Pulse attack loses job, feels 'pushed out'

A Florida police corporal who was credited with saving a man's life during the 2016 Pulse nightclub terrorist attack and now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder is reportedly being terminated from the force and taking a cut to his pension. Omar Delgado some $1,200 in accrued sick time when his job ends at year's end, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

"I don't need to be a police officer with my gun belt and so forth to do those little tasks", Delgado told reporters.

In six months, Delgado would reach his 10-year anniversary with the force and become vested in his pension.

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 U.S. history.

Omar Delgado was there when terror struck at Pulse.

Six more months on the job would have allowed Cpl. Delgado and the officers around him dive for the ground, unable to tell where the shots are coming from or at whom they're being fired.

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Delgado plans to apply for disability, but until it is approved he says he will be struggling financially to support his wife and three children. The Orlando Police Department granted early retirement benefits in July to Officer Gerry Realin, 37, who was diagnosed with PTSD and will get about 80 percent of his $70,000 salary each year for life. Officer Delgado says that a year and a half later, he is tormented by the same nightmare each night. Instead, he will only receive 42 percent of his salary starting when he turns 55.

"It's hurtful", Delgado said.

At Tuesday's meeting, Mayor Eddie Cole questioned why funds from the onePULSE Foundation weren't diverted to law enforcement officers and their families but declined to provide additional information about Delgado's dismissal, citing privacy laws.

"It's a small town ... And who is going to help me?"

"I woke up and there were 32,000 replies in 24 hours", Milano said, "And I thought, My God, what just happened?"

A proposed bill requiring coverage for mental health treatment in workers compensation for first responders with PTSD did advance Tuesday in a Florida Senate committee in Tallahassee.