A Florida police officer who was hailed as a hero for quickly rescuing a victim in the shooting of the Pulse nightclub last year will be fired from force at the end of the month.
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Omar Delgado was among the first officers to respond to the attack at the gay nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016. The Eatonville police officer was credited with the safety of the victim Angel Colon after gunman Omar Mateen opened fire on club goers, killing 49 people.
Colon, who was shot several times, told ABC News in an interview last year that he would have "bled" if it was not for the officer who rescued him approximately 25 minutes after the shooting broke out, which It allowed to save lives treatment.
Delgado told ABC affiliate WFTV in Orlando that he has been on light duty since the massacre because he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. Delgado said that his department considered him unfit for service and was told on Monday that his last day of work would be December 31, six months before he qualified for his pension in the city.
He has been a member of the Eatonville Police Department for more than nine years.
"You can not find it in your hearts to find six more months, just to be able to be invested and then continue with my life," Delgado told WFTV. "I needed help and I think I'm being punished because I asked for help."
Eatonville Police Chief Joseph Jenkins confirmed Delgado's dismissal of ABC News, but did not provide details on why he was let go.
"We have reached an agreement with Officer Delgado and we will terminate his employment on December 31. There are circumstances in which I can not enter due to the protected information," Jenkins said by telephone today.
Eatonville City Council voted Tuesday night to pay part of the time accumulated by Delgado for illness before he runs out of work. The mayor of Eatonville, Eddie Cole, refused to answer WFTV's questions about Delgado's termination.
"There are some things that I'm not privileged to say," Cole said.
Colon attended the council meeting Tuesday night to speak out against the city's decision to get rid of his "hero."
"He was my hero," Colon told WFTV. "It saved my life, and for them to just do what they do in front of my face, it's also a slap in the face."
"God sent him and he was my hero that night," added Colon. "Without him, who knows if I would have stayed inside that club and I would not have made it"