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  • The Police And PTSD

    By the spring of 2014, Officer Thomas Bean had been off the duty roster of the Newtown Police Department for more than a year. The post traumatic stress disorder he suffered following the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings had disabled him to the point where he could no longer work in his chosen career as a police officer. He had struggled with depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts since responding to the mass murder of 20 first graders and six educators.

  • Town’s Net Liability In Police Officer Settlement Will Be About $31K

    The award of approximately $380,000 reached in settlement between former Newtown Police Officer Thomas Bean and the Town following a State Board of Mediation and Arbitration ruling will be reduced substantially by Social Security disability payments and other possible future earnings, creating a total liability to local taxpayers of no more than $31,156.

  • 12/14 Aftermath: Former Police Officer Wins Arbitration Award On Disability Pay

    This story has been updated from the original version posted at 1:43 pm to include additional details from the arbitration document, and comments from Newtown Police Union President Scott Ruszczyk and First Selectman Pat Llodra, among other additions.

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    The State Board of Mediation & Arbitration has awarded long-term disability pay extending to 2025 to a former Newtown police officer, who left his job after the December 2012 shooting incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

  • Board Awards Former Policeman Long-Term Disability Pay

    The State Board of Mediation and Arbitration has awarded long-term disability pay to a former Newtown police officer, who left his job after the December 2012 shooting incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The officer stated that he was unable to continue work as a police officer after having suffered the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder due to the intensity of the incident.

    Thomas Bean, who is now age 40, reportedly will be eligible to receive approximately $380,000 in disability payments from the town.

  • State Bills Would Expand Worker’s Compensation Law

    HARTFORD — The Newtown Police officer who has not yet returned to work since the 2012 school massacre because of post-traumatic stress disorder urged Connecticut lawmakers on Tuesday to expand the state’s workers’ compensation law to cover the condition.

  • In 12/14 PTSD Case, Police Chief Withdraws Job Termination Recommendation

    Police Chief Michael Kehoe has reversed an earlier position and decided against pursuing job termination against Police Officer Thomas Bean, a town police officer who responded to the 12/14 mass shooting incident at Sandy Hook School and subsequently has been off work since then due to a medical diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

  • Union Pushes For Talks On Disabled Cop’s Departure

    A town police officer diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), who has not worked since the December 14 shootings at Sandy Hook School, has been informed by the town that he could be fired as a police officer.

    Town officials have nothing to say on the topic, declining comment and terming the issue a personnel matter.