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Report: Traumatized Newtown Officers Low on Sick Days

Newtown police deeply affected by the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary are quickly running out of paid time off.

According to an AP report, a small number of Newtown police officers have yet to return to work since the tragic Dec. 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, traumatized by the senseless carnage they witnessed that day.

Unfortunately, this trauma is not covered by workers’ compensation and some officers have used up their personal days and “could soon be at risk of going without a paycheck,” AP's Michael Melia reports.

There are less than 15 officers “critically affected” by the shootings, according to police union attorney Eric Brown, and only a few have taken extended time off.

Area police officers have stepped up to help, volunteering to cover shifts and give Newtown officers some rest, though that was only through Christmas Day and doesn’t cover missed pay.

Newtown’s Volunteer Ambulance Corps (NVAC) members spoke with Patch a week after the incident about responding to such a horrific scene and the toll it has taken on the volunteers.

"Everyone goes on autopilot," NVAC Secretary-Treasurer Jordan Reed explained. "You're here to do a job and you have to focus on that. And that's exactly what people did, whether they were [at the station] and overwhelmed, or on scene and dealing with seeing some awful stuff and trying to help families. When you get back here and started to realize the scope of it, it started to hit."

Read the full story here.

Allan Linden December 28, 2012 at 08:52 PM
If you checked the web page for Sandy Hook School Support Fund (c/o Newtown Savings Bank) - you would see that it states "This fund will be able to provide support services to the Newtown/Sandy Hook community. A local board of Newtown community leaders is being convened to determine how the fund is most needed and will be best utilized". If Newtown Police, who walked into an unimaginable situation, need 'some' assistance from this ever-growing fund of several millions of dollars, why not?
Da Face! December 28, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Actually, I WOULD call the first responders 'Victims'. Imagine the shock and horror...and they have a job to do....they cannot deal with their feelings for quite a while.
Wicker December 28, 2012 at 09:10 PM
The police are paid and trained to do a job. Period. Attempting to tap in to a non-profit fund meant to comfort victims is bad manners. This blog reminds me of the story in the Hartford Courant about the state trooper who stole money and jewelry from a dying victim at an accident science. Same level of tacky, covetous, slimy behavior.
lime December 28, 2012 at 09:26 PM
My guess is that 3/4 of the posts on this blog originated from "Mike" and his many aliases. What a farce.
Angela Flynn December 28, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Is there any wonder why we as a society have so many problems? We need to be more compassionate and understanding as human beings. Unless you have walked in their shoes, you don't know what they are feeling.

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