How to Help Officer Omar Delgado
In 2016, Eatonville police officer Omar Delgado - who has been on the force for nearly 10 years and earns a $38,500 annual salary - responded within minutes to the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida.
He pulled several of the victims, including Angel Colon, to safety.
Officer Delgado has since suffered post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). His bosses understandably placed him on desk duty.
Now, according to the Orlando Sentinel, the department will terminate Officer Delgado's employment. He will receive a much smaller annual pension that he would have received six months from now, when his pension would have been vested at 10 years of employment.
We're the first to agree that police officers with guns must be in good mental health. We also think that any employee who has experienced trauma in performance of their job duties should be able to get help when they ask for it.
How to help Officer Delgado
Ask Eatonville Mayor Eddie Cole to honor Officer Delgado with a pension calculated at 10 years of employment, even if he is no longer safely able to perform the job of police officer. You can reach Mayor Cole at 407.623.8900.
Urge US Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta to look into Officer Delgado’s case. You can reach the Secretary’s office at 202.693.6000.
Donate to a GoFundMe account established for expenses related to Officer Delgado's counseling.
Also, if you live in Florida: ask your state legislator to support Florida Senate Bill 376, which would include PTSD in workers compensation insurance coverage for first responders. You can find contact information for your state senator and representative here.
While you're here: learn about the groundbreaking history of Eatonville, the first all-Black municipality incorporated by African Americans after the Civil War, and home to one of the great novelists of the 20th century, Zora Neale Hurston.