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Intersection Podcast

Intersection: Online Threats; PTSD & First Responders; Jeff Zentner


https://wmfeintersection.s3.amazonaws.com/030618_Intersection.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSSchools around the country are on pins and needles since the shooting in Parkland. That’s according to Volusia County sheriff Mike Chitwood, who says his office has investigated more than 30 threats to schools in recent weeks and arrested over a dozen students. Meanwhile Orlando city commissioners voted to beef up the response to online threats. On this episode of Intersection we talk to Sheriff Chitwood and Stetson University constitutional law professor Louis Virelli about the law around threats on social …
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FBI Miami Special Agent in Charge Robert Lasky, left, and Broward Sheriff Scott Israel (center) brief reporters about the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla. on Feb. 15, 2018. (Peter Hayden, WLRN)
Health WMFE

First Responders in Florida Aren’t Covered for PTSD. That May Change After Parkland.


Update, March 5, 2018: The Florida Senate unanimously passed a bill on Saturday that would provide lost wages to first responders disabled with PTSD. The Florida House passed the bill on Monday. It will now head to Gov. Rick Scott. A Florida bill to assist first responders suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder has found new life in the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.
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Gerry Realin, left, was diagnosed with PTSD after responding to the Pulse Night Club shooting. Jessica Realin wants Florida’s workers’ compensation laws to cover the condition. Photo: Abe Aboraya, WMFE
Local News

Intersection: A Closer Look At PTSD And First Responders


First responders in Florida with post traumatic stress disorder are fighting for expanded compensation benefits. 90.7’s Abe Aboraya and ProPublica senior editor Charles Ornstein join Intersection to talk about a special reporting project to explore the impact of PTSD on first responders. 
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Image: photo by Daymon Gardner for Dear World, orlandoweekly.com
From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

More than a year and a half after the Pulse massacre, first responders still struggle with the trauma


Every night for the past 19 months, Omar Delgado has had the same exact nightmare. He’s back inside Pulse. He’s dragging someone who’s still alive through blood and glass, away from the bodies strewn across the dance floor under the blinking disco light. Then he hears the puncturing sound of bullets in the air. Another officer screams, “Get down, get down!” He falls down as shots continue to ring, waiting for them to stop and for his body to wake up yelling and screaming. Delgado, a former corporal with the Eatonville Police Department, is now beginning to adjust to civilian life after being let go from his job in December, months after he was proclaimed a hero for responding to …
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