Thomas Bean had served as a police officer in Newtown, Conn., for 12 years before the horrific mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School last year. Devastated by the tragic event, Bean has been unable to perform his duties since then, and now faces losing his job.
Bean was not on duty when the shooting occurred, but rushed to the scene as soon as he learned what was going on. He was horrified by what he saw at the school, which was filled with bodies of dead children, and has been traumatized ever since.
Although the shooting occurred nearly a year ago, Bean is still so affected by what he saw that he has been unable to perform his duties as a police officer. If he does not recover, he could soon be fired.
“I think the town is hesitant about actually terminating him, but at the same token they’re not taking any steps to make sure that he’s financially secure,” police union attorney Brown told WCBS 880′s Fran Schneidau. “He’s legitimately worried about financial devastation.”
Bean was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, and is eligible to receive disability payments for two years. After that time, it is unclear how he will support himself if the department fires him.
The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred on December 14, 2012, when gunman Adam Lanza entered the campus and killed 20 children and six adults.
Investigations into the shooting are still underway as authorities attempt to piece together exactly what happened, and why.
The FBI is using the latest sound technology to attempt to track the events of the tragic day, according to The Courant. The paper reports that “the secretary in the main office did not hang up the phone after calling 911 and that federal authorities were trying to use the sounds recorded through that open landline to help chart Lanza's movements in hopes of better understanding his actions.”