• Petitioned Connecticut Interlocal Risk Management Agency, Bruce A. Wollschlager

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President & Chief Executive Officer, Telephone: (203) 498-3030
Connecticut Interlocal Risk Management Agency, Bruce A. Wollschlager
Vice President for Claims Telephone: (203) 946-3749
Bruce Clinger
Connecticut Governor
Connecticut State Senate
Connecticut State House

Give the Officers of the Sandy Hook Shooting Time Off to Heal from the Massacre

    1. leah hardy
    2. Petition by

      leah hardy

      los angeles, CA

Newtown's insurer, Connecticut Interlocal Risk Management, is taking the INHUMANE position that the police officers traumatized by the Sandy Hook school massacre are NOT ALLOWED ANY benefits or workers' compensation because the current statute only provides for officers who suffer mental impairment as the result of using or being subjected to deadly force — but not for those who witness crime scenes with mass casualties.

There are roughly 15 police officers who are unable to return to work due to the horrible things they saw and experienced that fateful day. Their heads are filled with ghastly moments and details like the one child who had a slight pulse, but did not survive or the other child who was found covered in blood, but unhurt amid her dead classmates.

More than a month later, these officers continue to feel the pain of that day. All are experiencing deep levels of stress, anxiety, trouble with sleep and emotions as they try and make sense of one the worst school massacres in the United State's history. 

Despite the officers' acts of honor and courage, Connecticut Interlocal Risk Management won't review and revise the current insurance provision forcing the Sandy Hook police officers to go without pay while they take time off from work to deal with their mental and emotional recovery.

These men deserve better than this, but they need our help.

Please sign this petition to urge Connecticut Interlocal Risk Management Agency, Connecticut Lawmakers, and Connecticut's Governor, Dan Malloy, to make this situation right and honor these men accordingly by giving them paid time off to heal.  Thank you.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. First Responders of Sandy Hook Mass Shooting Share How They Are Doing

      leah hardy
      Petition Organizer

      These amazing police officers need our help. Please help circulate this petition to friends, social groups, community groups, who'd like to help. Public pressure is all takes to get the insurance company to bend. These men, their families, and their communities could use a lending hand. Thank you so very much.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/29/nyregion/horrors-of-newtown-shooting-scene-are-slow-to-fade.html?pagewanted=all&_r=2&.

      Horrors of Newtown Shooting Scene Are Slow to Fade

      They found the two women first, their bodies lying on the lobby floor. Now they knew it was real. But nothing, no amount of training, could prepare them for what they found next, inside those two classrooms. "One look, and your life was absolutely changed," said Michael McGowan, one of the first police officers to arrive at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec.

    2. Reached 200 signatures
    3. What PTSD is and why it's important to get help

      leah hardy
      Petition Organizer

      This is a very good article on the impact of PTSD and the importance of treatment. The petition to help the first responders of the Sandy Hook school shooting is making great progress and I want to thank each and every one of you for helping to sign and share it with friends and family who might be interested in this cause. Every little bit matters and each day we get more signatures!. THANK YOU!
      http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/24/health/raison-shootings-ptsd/index.html

      PTSD: Know the symptoms and when to get help

      Editor's note: Dr. Charles Raison, CNNhealth's mental health expert, is an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Arizona in Tucson. (CNN) -- The brain is by far the most complex thing that we know of in the universe.

    4. Reached 50 signatures
    5. Yoga Studio starts "Adopt a Cop" to help traumatized Sandy Hook Officers

      leah hardy
      Petition Organizer
      Adopt a Cop campaign launched by yoga studio for Sandy Hook's traumatized first responders

      Police officers who were traumatized by the horrific scene at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last month and are now running out of paid sick and vacation time may soon get some financial help from an unlikely source: a yoga studio. Linda Antignani, founder of Mother's Embrace Yoga in nearby Shelton, Conn., contacted [...]

    6. Newtown Police Officers, Traumatized And Not Working, At Risk Of Losing Pay

      leah hardy
      Petition Organizer
      Newtown Police Officers At Risk Of Losing Pay

      HARTFORD, Conn. - Some of the police officers who responded to the school shooting in Newtown are so traumatized they haven't been working, but they have to use sick time and could soon be at risk of going without a paycheck, a union official said Wednesday.

    7. Reached 10 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Susan Thompson MONROE, CT
      • over 1 year ago

      Incomprehensible that this greedy company would refuse to help these heroes.

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    • Lynn Metaxas LYNCHBURG, VA
      • over 1 year ago

      These are the people who protect us. Lets help protect them from these horrific scenes they witnessed.

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    • Tara Spalvieri NEWTOWN, CT
      • over 1 year ago

      Why is this even in question? As Sandy Hook residents we are very aware of the pain and trauma WE are feeling....I can't even absorb the depth to which it must be magnified for these first responders. THEY were there for us, for the town. DO THE RIGHT THING AND BE THERE FOR THEM!

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    • Eric Chanko NEWTOWN, CT
      • over 1 year ago

      These people serve my town and deserve better treatment than this. Disgraceful. If they do not reverse their decision - we need a new insurer and need to let the world know why.

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    • Charles Baraw SANDY HOOK, CT
      • over 1 year ago

      These neighbors of ours save lives, homes, and make us feel safer in a terrible time. They are heroes!

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