Stories of first responders to the 2016 massacre at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub who have developed post-traumatic stress disorder, including a police officer dismissed Tuesday night, spurred several Orlando lawmakers Wednesday to renew their call for Florida’s Workers Compensation to provide mental health coverage for them.

Democratic state Sen. Victor Torres of Orlando and Democratic state Reps. Amy Mercado, and Carlos Guillermo Smith of Orlando responded Wednesday in particular to Corporal Omar Delgado, who on Tuesday was dismissed effective Dec. 31, from the Eatonville Police Department.

There are several bills in both the House and the Senate that seek to expand Workers Comp to cover first responder PTSD cases.

According to a news release issued Wednesday by the Florida Senate Democrats, Delgado has been struggling with PTSD since rescuing Angel Colon, a Pulse nightclub victim who was shot six times during the early morning of June 12, 2016, when a madman killed 49 and wounded 53 inside the popular gay nightclub. For the past few months Delgado has been working on administrative tasks for the police department. Tuesday evening the Eatonville Town council dismissed him.

“When our first responders engage in acts of bravery and display amazing valor in the line of duty they are rightfully praised and awarded medals. Too often, however, when they need treatment for work-related mental traumas they become disposable and struggle to receive the support they deserve,” Torres stated in the release.

Smith noted the Delgado case is not the first involving a Pulse first responder being terminated, and noted there are other cases statewide of first responders struggling with PTSD and even committing suicide.

“The story of Corporal Omar Delgado is just the latest example of how first responders in Florida are systematically denied the

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