Pulse massacre first responder awarded early retirement

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By: Associated Press
July 14, 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A city pension board has granted early-retirement benefits to a police officer who was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after he responded to the shooting massacre at Pulse Nightclub.

The Orlando Police Pension Board granted the benefits to 37-year-old Officer Gerry Realin on Thursday after a hearing. The Orlando Sentinel reports that Realin will get 80 percent of his $70,000 a year salary for life.

A lawyer for the city had argued that it was too early in Realin's treatment for PTSD to determine if he would be permanently disabled.

Realin was on a police team that removed bodies from the Pulse Nightclub after 49 patrons were killed in June 2016 in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

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