Newtown Detectives At Capitol Wednesday For Bill On New Fund To Help First Responders

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Nearly three months after the tragic shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, five Newtown police officers are still off the job because of the mental trauma of seeing the tragedy.

Detective Daniel McAnaspie and Detective Jason Frank, who were at the school within 15 minutes on December 14, came to the state Capitol on Wednesday to speak in favor of a new, privately-financed fund that would help the officers in the 45-member department. The fund is needed because workers\’ compensation does not cover psychological trauma in the same way that it did not cover the Stamford police officer who shot Travis the chimp to death after the chimp had attacked Charla Nash outside a home in North Stamford in February 2009.

\”I think in this incident there was nobody reluctant to step forward and ask for the help that was necessary,\’\’ McAnaspie said.

\”While working that day, if I had fallen down and broken my ankle, I would have been covered immediately from that day through my entire recovery,\’\’ McAnaspie said of workers compensation. \”I wouldn\’t have had to use any of my sick time or my own time. But because they don\’t recognize mental illness as a physical injury, they are stating that we are not covered under workers\’ comp the way it is written today.\’\’

The officers were there so quickly that, as Frank described it, \”When we entered the building, you could still smell the gunpowder. We were there fairly soon.\’\’

The officers declined to comment on the ongoing investigation into shooter Adam Lanza and his mother, Nancy Lanza, as well as the upcoming report on the shootings by the state\’s attorney\’s office in Danbury.

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4 thoughts on “Newtown Detectives At Capitol Wednesday For Bill On New Fund To Help First Responders

  1. Richard

    Why would someone become a first responder if they weren’t fit for the job?

    90 days later and 10% of the force is still suffering trauma?

    1. Richard

      Under the new mental illness laws being proposed, will these first responders be able to carry firearms ever again? Seems like the psychic damage would be too great to allow that risk.

    2. Jean

      It’s different to come upon a traffic accident or someone being killed, as a first responder you prepare yourself for that. I have been to accident scenes, untimely deaths and even scenes where someone has died days earlier. I could not even imagine the horrific scene of Newtown. No one can prepare for that, especially where the majority of the victims are so young.

  2. Nathalie

    I agree with Jean. I cannot imagine the trauma of seeing what this weapon caused to the small and tender bodies of these precious 6 and 7 year olds. Is there anything left? And is there really anything even left to say? These first reponders witnessed and experienced an atrocity of such horror, I can only try to stop myself from imagining. Let us be humane and give them time they need.

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