A cop hailed as a hero after the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando is losing his job some 6 months before being eligible of getting his full pension.
Corporal Omar Delgado was one of the first police officers to respond to the deadly Pulse nightclub shooting in June 2016 by terrorist Omar Mateen which killed 49 people and wounded 58 others. Due to the events of that night, he now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and is being dismissed from Eatonville’s Police Department.
The Town Council voted unanimously this week to pay him about $1,200 before taxes in accrued sick time. His last day of employment will be 31 December 2017.
Delgado returned to patrol duty for a few months after the massacre but had to stop. He doesn’t like going to restaurants and bars anymore: “Too many people.”
“God forbid, something happens — I don’t know if I’d be able to react.”
Mr Delgado explained he was saddened to be let go six months before his official retirement.
“I don’t need to be a police officer with my gun belt and so forth to do those little tasks. Could they have let me do that for six more months? That’s the debate.”
According to Corporal Delgado, his doctor found him unfit to return to full duty because of post-traumatic stress disorder, and he believes this was a factor in his dismissal.
Mayor Eddie Cole questioned openly why funds from the OneOrlando Fund weren’t made available to the law enforcement officers working that night but declined to go into detail as to Mr Delgado’s dismissal, citing privacy laws: “This town, as well as me, cares about people. But some pictures are bigger than we all know.”
Chief Administrative Officer, Mr Roger Dixon also commented: “The facts as we know them have caused me as an administrator to be concerned for the health and safety of the citizens and those passing through the town. Most of that is confidential, so I won’t be able to say anything about that.”