Newtown police officer may lose his job due to PTSD diagnosis from Sandy Hook massacre


Police Response to School Shooting

Police patrol the streets outside Sandy Hook Elementary School after a shooting in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, 2012. Photo by Adrees Latif/REUTERS

“If I had my arm chopped off, they’d would say, ‘Oh yeah, he’s hurt.’ But instead they’re like, ‘We can sweep (this) under the rug and not necessarily have to pay because … it’s not physically seen.’ That’s the problem with PTSD … people don’t see it.”

Thomas Bean, Newtown police officer in an interview with CNN

Bean was one of the first officers to respond to the Dec. 14, 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where 20 children and six teachers were shot and killed by Adam Lanza. Witnessing the massacre “killed me inside,” Bean told CNN. Bean says he was diagnosed with PTSD, and has been placed on long-term disability. Newtown Police Union officials told CNN that while other police officers were also diagnosed with PTSD, Bean is the only one who remains unable to return to work, and faces being let go.

Although Bean has 12 years before he can retire, his union rep said Newtown could only afford to pay two years of long-term disability.

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