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Newtown Responders Suffer from PTSD

January 29, 2013  | 

At least one Newtown (Conn.) Police officer has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress and several others report psychological effects from responding to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

In a detailed interview with the New York Times, the Newtown officers gave the most detailed account yet of the carnage they witnessed in the wake of the Dec. 14 shooting.

Officer Tom Bean, who was off duty and rushed to the school that morning, has been diagnosed with PTSD and needs medication to sleep. He hasn't returned to work.

"Our concern from the beginning has been the effects of PTSD," Eric Brown, a police union lawyer, told the Times. "We estimate it is probably going to be 12 to 15 Newtown officers who are going to be dealing with that, for the remainder of their careers, we imagine, from what we’ve been told by professionals who deal with PTSD."

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Tags: PTSD, Sandy Hook School Shooting, Newtown (Conn.) PD


Comments (12)

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Tschako @ 1/29/2013 6:13 PM

Well, DUH!!! Hope they've been at it from the beginning to take care of those folks. No on should have to go through that, but that's what we do, and children, so aptly used by our Glorius Leader, just make it worse.

Rob @ 1/30/2013 5:44 AM

God bless 'em....

S.S @ 1/30/2013 6:37 AM

I hope you all get the help that you all need. My thoughts and prayers go out to that whole community.

Trigger @ 1/30/2013 7:18 AM

God be with those involved in this tragedy. I am glad that PTSD is being recognized. In my carrier this was swept under the rug, you
had to deal with it on your own, not good.

Dan @ 1/30/2013 7:50 AM

This should serve as a wake up call to all LEOs. Stay fit, eat right, have a great support network, praise God, and ask for help when you need it, mentally prepare for the day you have to take a life. Being man (or woman) enough to ask for help immediately following a tragic event will mitigate the long term consequences. I support Critical Incident Stress Management. CISM is a great tool. If recognized and done right, there is little or no PTSD. Union involvement........well maybe up north. No need for it in the south where I live. God Bless Tom Bean, his family and friends. They too will be all right. It just may take a little longer for him given the enormity of what he has been through.

Dan @ 1/30/2013 7:51 AM

This should serve as a wake up call to all LEOs. Stay fit, eat right, have a great support network, praise God, and ask for help when you need it, mentally prepare for the day you have to take a life. Being man (or woman) enough to ask for help immediately following a tragic event will mitigate the long term consequences. I support Critical Incident Stress Management. CISM is a great tool. If recognized and done right, there is little or no PTSD. Union involvement........well maybe up north. No need for it in the south where I live. God Bless Tom Bean, his family and friends. They too will be all right. It just may take a little longer for him given the enormity of what he has been through.

Dan @ 1/30/2013 8:18 AM

This should serve as a wake up call to all LEOs. Stay fit, eat right, have a great support network, praise God, and ask for help when you need it, mentally prepare for the day you have to take a life. Being man (or woman) enough to ask for help immediately following a tragic event will mitigate the long term consequences. I support Critical Incident Stress Management. CISM is a great tool. If recognized and done right, there is little or no PTSD. Union involvement........well maybe up north. No need for it in the south where I live. God Bless Tom Bean, his family and friends. They too will be all right. It just may take a little longer for him given the enormity of what he has been through.

Evan Shepherd Reiff @ 1/30/2013 11:35 AM

One month after experiencing a traumatic event, where there is threatened death or serious injury to self or others; and, there is a response of fear, helplessness, or horror, a diagnosis of PTSD can be made. Of course, there are many shades to PTSD...everyone is different. YET, immediate care must be given to minimize the impact on ones life and help heal. NADA acupuncture is utilized world wide during disasters such as the 911 attacks and have proved cost effective and beneficial. Have hope and fear not the insurance issues. Say YES to healing trauma and PTSD. www.healthforheroes.com

Ima Leprechaun @ 1/31/2013 3:11 AM

Free confidential counseling is available free for PTSD to any Police Officer through the Internatioal Police Cahplains Conference and any couseling through this agency carries the same protection as talking to an attorney. The Agency would have no say in the counseling and it can last as long or as many years as need. Their email is: http://www.icpc4cops.org/

There is no reason to suffer form PTSD all alone. Free help is available and is confidential and any counseling cannot be released to anyone under any circumstances. This IPCC is available to everyone that is in Law Enforcement. So any LEO anywhere in the world can use their services.

Ima Leprechaun @ 1/31/2013 3:14 AM

Sorry about typos' I meant "Chaplain" and the "Agency" I referred to was the Newton Police Department, they would have no connection to any couseling done by the ICPC it is truly an independant organization and is free to LEO's.

Ima Leprechaun @ 1/31/2013 3:20 AM

I had sent everything on ICPC to Newton PD days after this event so they have alternative resources available to them. The Newton Police Administration just failed to act to help their own officers. ICPC counseling is not subject to departmental insurance and it does not report anything to any police administration. They are highly trained Police Chaplains. This is exactly the kind of professional work they are trained for and they do have Chaplains in Connecticut and throughout the world.

Charles Young @ 11/11/2013 4:52 AM

As a retired police officer who was basically forced out because of PTSD. I am now a licensed counselor who works with first responders. I was a school officer who saw kids that died and when I it came out I was suicidal command did nothing because I found help on my own but they did fire me just when I was getting better so I could return. So Thomas keep up the fight to heal and let those around you fight the fight. I have found that most command officers who have his their drinking and possible thoughts of self harm or self medicating will impose "well no one helped me and I am here so why should I help you". I am here for you of you want to talk. You can get my number form my site at www. timeforaresolution.com
Be strong.
Chuck

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