Newtown seeks law change to aid first responders - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

Newtown seeks law change to aid first responders

NEWTOWN, CT (AP) -

Newtown's police commissioners want Connecticut law changed so officers and others who responded to last month's deadly school shooting are covered by workers' compensation.

A resolution passed Tuesday by the Newtown Board of Police Commissioners said "fairness and compassion dictates" the law be changed to provide appropriate benefits to those who suffered physical and emotional injury "as a consequence of their heroic efforts" on the job.

Scott Ruszczyk, the president of the police union, said after the meeting that 13 police officers have been directly affected by last month's shooting that left 20 students and six adults dead at Sandy Hook Elementary school.

The union has said some police officers who responded to the shooting were so traumatized they weren't working, but had to use sick time and risked going without a paycheck. Ruszczyk said police were using donations to police to cover salaries of those out of work.

In the past, advocates have pushed to change the statutes on workers' compensation, which include provisions for officers who suffer mental impairment as the result of using or being subjected to deadly force - but not for those who witness crime scenes with mass casualties.

Concerns about the potential cost to cities and towns have been an obstacle, but the issue is likely to resurface in the next legislative session, state Rep. Stephen Dargan, a West Haven Democrat who is co-chairman of the legislature's public safety committee, said last month.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • SFA baseball upsets TCU

    SFA baseball upsets TCU

    Wednesday, April 26 2017 12:24 AM EDT2017-04-26 04:24:51 GMT
    SFA baseball defeated TCU 6-2 on Tuesday night.SFA baseball defeated TCU 6-2 on Tuesday night.

    Each time the Stephen F. Austin baseball team faced off against a big-name baseball team from the state of Texas in 2017, the end result could have been summed up with the following phrase: close, but no cigar.

    Tuesday night at Lupton Stadium, however, the only was the word cigar could have been associated with the ‘Jacks is if it followed the word victory.

    More >>

    Each time the Stephen F. Austin baseball team faced off against a big-name baseball team from the state of Texas in 2017, the end result could have been summed up with the following phrase: close, but no cigar.

    Tuesday night at Lupton Stadium, however, the only was the word cigar could have been associated with the ‘Jacks is if it followed the word victory.

    More >>
  • Sports WebXtra: Mahomes II making rounds before NFL Draft

    Sports WebXtra: Mahomes II making rounds before NFL Draft

    Wednesday, April 26 2017 12:18 AM EDT2017-04-26 04:18:16 GMT
    Patrick Mahomes is making the rounds ahead of the Draft.Patrick Mahomes is making the rounds ahead of the Draft.

    The nickname "Beast Texas" didn't come out of no where. Adrian Peterson, Trent Williams, Lane Johnson, Dez Bryant, and Johnny Manziel are all recent East Texas natives that went in the first round of the NFL Draft. Whitehouse product Patrick Mahomes II has a legit chance to join the exclusive list on Thursday night.

    More >>

    The nickname "Beast Texas" didn't come out of no where. Adrian Peterson, Trent Williams, Lane Johnson, Dez Bryant, and Johnny Manziel are all recent East Texas natives that went in the first round of the NFL Draft. Whitehouse product Patrick Mahomes II has a legit chance to join the exclusive list on Thursday night.

    More >>
  • Class of 2012: Three Lions ready for NFL Draft

    Class of 2012: Three Lions ready for NFL Draft

    Wednesday, April 26 2017 12:12 AM EDT2017-04-26 04:12:15 GMT
    KLTV StaffKLTV Staff
    Greg Ward Jr, Fred Ross, and Tyus Bowser are all John Tyler Lions from the 'Class of 2012'. They are all names you could be hearing during this week's NFL Draft, adding to the list of former Lions already in the league.  "There something in the water here. We produce a lot of NFL guys, it's that East Texas water," said Fred Ross, the all-time record holder in catches and receiving yards at Mississippi State.  "Watching those big time guys get drafted in...More >>
    Greg Ward Jr, Fred Ross, and Tyus Bowser are all John Tyler Lions from the 'Class of 2012'. They are all names you could be hearing during this week's NFL Draft, adding to the list of former Lions already in the league.  "There something in the water here. We produce a lot of NFL guys, it's that East Texas water," said Fred Ross, the all-time record holder in catches and receiving yards at Mississippi State.  "Watching those big time guys get drafted in...More >>
Powered by Frankly