Officials in Newtown have notified police officer Thomas Bean that he could be fired.
Bean, a 12-year veteran, was off-duty when the Sandy Hook shooting happened just less than a year ago and responded to the scene, entering one of the classrooms where children were killed.
He hasn’t worked since then and a letter from his doctor states he suffers from permanent post-traumatic stress disorder.
At least 15 Newtown officers missed work time, but Bean is the only one who hasn’t returned.
Bean is currently on long-term disability and if fired, would lose all benefits and pay.
The police union would fight such a decision – demanding Bean receive long-term disability until he was eligible for retirement with benefits. He’d need to total 25 years as a Newtown officer, which means the town would have to pay about 12 more years.