We support Pulse First Responder Omar Delgado
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Officer Omar Delgado is losing his job Dec 31st, six months shy of his ten years of service to the Eatonville police department, upon which date additional lifetime benefits would begin so he can continue to support his wonderful family.
Omar is the embodiment of the word Hero. He was among the very first to respond at the Pulse Nightclub on June 12, 2016 and risked his life saving people as bullets went flying by. We know this man well as well as one of the many survivors he saved. Since then, Omar struggles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to what he lived through that horrific night. He sleeps, if he’s lucky, four hours a night waking up repeatedly sweating and in a panic.
By every first-hand account we’ve heard from police officials, Emergency Medical Professionals and survivors themselves, the events that night were like a war zone. An EMT responder who previously served three terms in Vietnam and was in the thick of the battle shared that what he witnessed at Pulse was worse then anything he ever experienced in his service overseas.
Omar was there for so many and now it’s our turn to be there for him.
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This is patriotism at its finest, friends. We must show the Eatonville Police Department and those of power that this honorable servant who has devoted his career to keeping us safe deserves more. A man who didn’t think twice about risking his life to save so many should not simply be discarded just months before receiving what he has so rightfully earned... and what his family needs.
The Eatonville Town Council voted unanimously tonight to pay Cpl. Omar Delgado about $1,200 before taxes in accrued sick time. The agenda item confirmed that his last day of employment is Dec. 31. Due to his crippling PTSD, Omar no longer participates in active street duty, and has been working for the department in an administrative capacity behind the desk rather than in the field. He has been successful and content in this position and only hopes that he can maintain this for a few more months.
Corporal Omar Delgado needs to be kept on light duty thru 6/8/18 so that he can be vested into his retirement pension. He needs to be given �% of his EARNED sick time, not 50% of the paltry 130 hours he has left.
“I don’t need to be a police officer with my gun belt and so forth to do those little tasks,” Delgado said before Tuesday’s meeting. “Could they have let me do that for six more months? That’s the debate.”
Please add your name to this petition to show that you stand with Omar, his family, the survivors he saved, those that support him, and the legacy of the 49 Pulse angels that honor his bravery.
For more background on Omar’s story and to offer additional support you are invited to visit: https://www.gofundme.com/2gv6zp8c
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