Pulse nightclub hero Omar Delgado to be terminated from police force

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Pulse nightclub hero Omar Delgado to be terminated from police force

One of the first police officers who responded to the Pulse nightclub shooting in June 2016 and now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder is being dismissed from Eatonville's Police Department.

For the past eight months, Delgado has worked a desk job, answering phones and doing light tasks.

"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.

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 USA history.

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 US history. On Tuesday night, just days after his latest surgery, he showed up at Eatonville Town Hall to help support Delgado.

"Too many people. God forbid, something happens - I don't know if I'd be able to react", Delgado said speaking about being fearful even going to restaurants and bars. Instead, he will now receive only 42 percent of his salary starting at age 55, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

"They can't find it in their hearts to find six more months, just so I can be vested and just move on with my life", he said. Delgado makes $38,500 annually, Town Clerk Cathy Williams said.

He has been a member of the Eatonville Police Department for over nine years.

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.

"There are some things that I'm not privileged to say", Cole said. "It's a small town".

Delgado said the issue of PTSD needs to be taken more seriously and first responders should be covered and compensated. Everyone's family here, and I thought I was going to be treated like family.

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