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Omar Delgado, Pulse First Responder, Dismissed From Police Department

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Eatonville Police Department officer Omar Delgado stands next to a makeshift memorial for victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting at Lake Eola Thursday, June 23, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. (Phelan M. Ebenhack via AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 06 Dec 2017 12:26 PM

Omar Delgado, a hero cop during last year’s Pulse nightclub shooting, is being dismissed from the Eatonville Police Department just six months before he would have become vested in his pension, USA Today noted.

The 45-year-old was one of the first responders to the shooting that saw 49 people killed and dozens injured after a gunman opened fire at the club on June 12, 2016.

He was lauded a hero after pulling Angel Colon, a victim who had been shot several times, to safety, but Delgado said the bloody massacre has left him with post-traumatic stress disorder.

After the incident he returned to patrol duty but struggled to work on the front line and was reassigned to a desk job, The Orlando Sentinel said.

This week Delgado was told that he was being let go from the force at the end of the month, a decision that the USA Today said was confirmed by Eatonville council members at a meeting held Tuesday.

According to The Daily Mail, the heroic cop earns $38,500 annually and being ousted from his job before serving 10 years will see him only receive 42 percent of his earnings as opposed to the 64 percent of his salary with benefits for life he would have received if he had served another six months.

"I don't need to be a police officer with my gun belt and so forth to do those little tasks," Delgado said to the Orlando Sentinel. "Could they have let me do that for six more months? That's the debate."

Delgado believes his termination may be due to his mental state.

"Due to my PTSD and my emotional state ... obviously, I can't do police work anymore," he said, per WKMG-TV. "My career is going to be over."

USA Today noted that Delgado intended to apply for disability and has set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money to support his wife and three kids, but it was going to be a financial struggle for the family.

"This Christmas is going to be a really sad one," he said. "There’s simply not enough money to make it."

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