newtown first responders http://wamc.org en Conn. Bill Expands Worker's Compensation Law http://wamc.org/post/conn-bill-expands-workers-compensation-law <p>The Newtown Police officer who hasn't returned to work since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre because of post-traumatic stress disorder is asking lawmakers to expand Connecticut's worker's compensation law to cover the condition.</p><p>Thomas Bean said Tuesday he's experienced depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts since responding to the Dec. 14, 2012, mass shooting and cannot return to work in law enforcement.</p><p>Bean is currently receiving about half his pay through Newtown's long-term disability insurance plan. That policy is due to end in June 2015.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 02:25:00 +0000 Jim Levulis 85623 at http://wamc.org Conn. Bill Expands Worker's Compensation Law Police Union: Newtown Worker Fund is Inadequate http://wamc.org/post/police-union-newtown-worker-fund-inadequate <p>HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A union lawyer says the private charitable fund to help cover the mental health-related costs of first responders and other workers affected by the Connecticut elementary school mass shooting falls short.</p><p>Eric Brown is a staff attorney for the union representing Newtown police officers. He says one officer is too emotionally traumatized to return to work and faces possible termination.</p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 18:53:30 +0000 Jim Levulis 76355 at http://wamc.org Police Union: Newtown Worker Fund is Inadequate