Do Not Dismiss Pulse Nightclub Hero From Police Force

Target: Joseph Jenkins, Eatonville Police Chief

Goal: Do not dismiss Officer Omar Delgado after he sought help for his PTSD.

A police officer whose heroic actions saved a life in the Pulse nightclub shooting will be dismissed from the force six months before he would qualify for pension. Officer Omar Delgado was a first responder when Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, was brutally attacked. Officer Delgado pulled one victim, Angel Colon, to safety, saving his life. Colon was shot multiple times after the gunman opened fire on clubgoers, and says that he would have “bled to death” if Officer Delgado had not rescued him.

Since the massacre, Officer Delgado says he has been on light duty because of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), caused by the incident. He  has worked with the Eatonville Police Department for nine years, but now the department has decided to deem him unfit for duty, and set his last day for a mere six months before he could receive pension. The chief of the Eatonville Police made a statement confirming the termination of Delgado’s employment, but refused to release details about the reason for it. On the subject of his dismissal, Officer Delgado stated, “I needed help, and I guess I’m being punished because I asked for help.”

Angel Colon spoke out against this decision, saying, “He was my hero. He saved my life, and for them to just do what they’re doing in front of my face, it’s a slap to my face as well.” This unceremonious firing of an American hero is an injustice that must be stopped. Sign below to demand that the Eatonville Police Department rescind the decision to dismiss Officer Omar Delgado.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Police Chief Jenkins,

The decision to terminate the employment of Officer Omar Delgado mere months before he qualifies for pension, after he put his life and health on the line for the job and served loyally for nine years, is unacceptable. Officer Delgado is a hero who selflessly entered the massacre at Pulse Nightclub and saved a shooting victim’s life. He will have to continue to contend with the post-traumatic stress disorder he has suffered since the attack, and he deserves to be helped by the department, not hindered.

This decision not only illustrates institutional greed, but also speaks to a disregard for and stigmatization of mental and emotional health and PTSD. As Officer Delgado stated, “They can’t find it in their hearts to find six more months, just so I can be vested and then just move on with my life. I needed help, and I guess I’m being punished because I asked for help.” The man whose life Officer Delgado saved also spoke out against his dismissal, and said, “God sent him, and he was my hero that night.” I urge you not to terminate Officer Delgado’s employment this way.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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5 Comments

  1. I think that anyone who approved the decision to terminate this gentleman should, in fact, be terminated/dismissed/removed themselves. We ask so much of the men and women who help to safeguard us. Why can’t we, in turn, give them the same? I am ashamed of this decision and appalled at those who rendered it. If you are elected public officials I can only hope that there is such a public outcry that you run away- in shame. This sends out an adverse message to the work force that you better watch out for yourself first- because you certainly cannot rely on your employer. Shame on you. Another GREAT example of how obnoxious we can be as Americans.

  2. Robert Ortiz says:

    Officer Delgado is a hero that deserves so much better than this. Where is the compassion? Where is the human decency? At least let him qualify for his full pension. Give him that much though he deserves much much more.

  3. Officer Delgado rushes in a serious nightclub massacre, as a first responder, saves a man from bleeding to death.
    As a result he unfortunately, develops PTSD for which he sought help–and now he is being terminated, 6 months before he qualifies for a full pension?!

    At first, I thought this article was in a third world country dictatorship–not the U.S.A. Where is the compassion and human decency? What cruel and sadistic fool made this decision?!
    If Officer Delgado is to be terminated–at least, give him his full pension!

  4. D. Farrimond says:

    Please look after this Officer who is such a credit to your police force

  5. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    leave omar alone

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