Orlando pension board grants officer with PTSD early retirement, pension
Gerry Realin assigned to remove dead from Pulse nightclub
By Emilee Speck - Digital journalist
July 13, 2017
"This has been a very difficult time for my family. Listening to the evidence today was very hard." Jessica RealinORLANDO, Fla. - The Orlando Police Department Pension Board granted the early retirement and pension for an officer diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after he was assigned to carry bodies out of the Pulse nightclub.
Officer Gerry Realin, 37, asked the board approve his early retirement on permanent disability. The veteran officer was not present for the board’s decision. His wife, Jessica Realin, said doctors told her it would be too stressful for him.
Gerry Realin was one of seven assigned on June 12 to remove some of the 49 dead from the Pulse building. He was diagnosed with severe post-traumatic stress disorder following his assignment to the nightclub and, according to his treating physicians, has been unable to return to work in any capacity.
The board found that Realin's PTSD was a permanent and total disability directly attributed to his response to the mass shooting.
After the decision, Jessica Realin was very emotional and thanked the board for their time and for hearing their case.
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