First responders and state workers who were involved in the response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings last year will receive compensatory time off under a deal worked out with six state employee unions.

Governor Malloy’s office says they will receive 40 hours of comp time, to recognize the extraordinary nature of the tragedy  and becayse many of the responders wound up using sick time and vacation days to deal with personal matters related to the incident.

State Police Union President Andrew Matthews says some troopers who were at the scene continue to suffer from the effects,  and said the union is grateful for the agreement to help them continue their healing process.

David Pickus  of the New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199/SEIU,  called it “an important step towards acknowledging the everyday heroism of the women and men who rush in to protect, rescue, treat, heal and comfort, and in so doing, expose themselves to danger and trauma.  ”

The agreement still needs final approval from the General Assembly,  If it does not act,  the agreement will take effect in thirty days.


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