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Officer Who Responded to Pulse Massacre to Get Early Retirement

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    Officer Who Responded to Pulse Massacre to Get Early Retirement
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    ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 12: Orlando police officers seen outside of Pulse nightclub after a fatal shooting and hostage situation on June 12, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. The suspect was shot and killed by police after 20 people died and 42 were injured. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)

    A city pension board has granted early-retirement benefits to a Florida police officer who was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after he responded to a shooting massacre at a gay night club in Florida.

    The Orlando Police Pension Board granted the benefits to 37-year-old Officer Gerry Realin on Thursday after a hearing.

    The Orlando Sentinel reports that Realin will get 80 percent of his salary of $70,000 a year for life.

    A lawyer for the city had argued that it was too early in Realin's treatment to determine if he would be permanently disabled.

    Realin was on a police team that removed bodies from the Pulse nightclub after 49 patrons were killed last year in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

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