Orlando Massacre

The Orlando Fire Department had been working on a plan to respond to a mass shooting. It had even purchased vests filled with tourniquets and special needles to relieve bleeding in the chest. But at the time of the Pulse nightclub shooting, the plan had already sputtered and the vests sat untouched.

 

A Pulse first responder will receive his final paycheck next Thursday after post-traumatic stress disorder has left him out of work for about a year.  

Gerry Realin spent four hours taking care of the dead at Pulse.

His wife Jessica says he went on disability and then was paid through a city crime prevention fund, but now the family has been told his sick and vacation time are gone.

“I’ve been wondering, What is really Orlando United? Is it the victims? Is it the survivors? Is it our community? What does that really mean?”

 

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Gerry Realin wishes he had never become a police officer.

Realin was part of the Hazmat team that responded to the Pulse night club shooting in Orlando. He spent four hours taking care of the dead inside the club. Now, triggers like a sharpie marker or a white sheet yank him out of the moment and back to Pulse.

The slightest thing enrages him or makes him sad.

Noor Salman, the wife of Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen, has been arrested on federal charges.

Salman is charged with "Aiding and Abetting by providing material support to a terrorist and Obstruction of Justice," Orlando Police Chief John Mina said in a statement.

On June 12, 2016, 49 people died when Mateen opened fire at Pulse in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. He was killed in a firefight with police.

Governor Rick Scott wants to establish a statewide counterterrorism task force.

Scott announced his plan from Orlando, which he said was in response to the Pulse night club shooting. The shooter pledged allegiance to ISIS during the Orlando attack, which left 49 dead and more than 50 injured.

“That’s why today I’m proud to announce that as part of 2017-2018 budget, I’m gonna put in $5.8 million for counterterrorism and and intelligence efforts to make sure we combat any act of terrorism in our state,” Scott said.

New emergency calls placed in response to the Pulse nightclub mass shooting have been released. The calls have been made public after a legal battle with media organizations. Dozens of 911 calls placed after 2:12 a.m. have been released. A judge also ordered transcripts of earlier calls should be made available.

Orlando commissioners voted to delay for one month a decision on whether the city should buy the Pulse nightclub to create a memorial, the Orlando Sentinel reported.


Associated Press

Victims of the deadly shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and their families have until Monday September 12th  to submit claims for the OneOrlando fund. 

At least 228 claims already have been filed for the more than $23 million fund.

Donations will be accepted through September 23rd, and distributions will begin September 27th.

This week, Orlando Regional Medical Center released its last patient who was injured in the shooting at the gay nightclub Pulse in June.

A gunman killed 49 people and wounded 53, making it the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

#PulseOrlandoSyllabus: A Resource To Understand And Heal

Jun 19, 2016
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After the shooting in Orlando last week, a group of queer and trans librarians and educators came together on Twitter around the hashtag #PulseOrlandoSyllabus.

 

Illustration by Amanda Rabines / WLRN

Pope Francis and Imam Syed Rahman share a problem. They want to have it both ways when it comes to LGBT people.

The Pope tells us to love gays and lesbians. Yet he sticks with the Roman Catholic Church’s doctrine that homosexuality is a mortal sin.