newtown first responders

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.