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.
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