One year after the massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, first responders to the worst mass shooting in modern American history are struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). According to an NPR report, only one first responder, a 37-year-old police officer named Gerry Realin, has spoken publicly about his diagnosis since tending to the dead and wounded last June, but Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan says there are more. Researchers estimate that 28 percent of mass shooting survivors will develop PTSD; prevalence ranges between 7 and 19 percent in police officers. A bill in the Florida Legislature that would have extended workers’ comp benefits to first responders with PTSD in the state failed this year.
Read the entire NPR report here.