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Newtown officer allowed to remain on disability

Associated Press

Publication: theday.com

Published December 18. 2013 8:00AM   Updated December 18. 2013 8:06AM

Newtown (AP) — Newtown, Conn., officials won't fire a police officer who hasn't returned to work since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School because of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Officer Thomas Bean will be allowed to remain on long-term disability, after Police Chief Michael Kehoe rescinded his recommendation to fire Bean on Dec. 5. The News-Times of Danbury reports the town's Police Commission accepted Kehoe's withdrawal of the proposed firing and dropped the matter Tuesday.

Kehoe declined to comment.

Twenty first-graders and six adults were killed at the school on Dec. 14, 2012.

Bean gets half pay under the town's long-term disability benefits, but there's a dispute over how long he can receive those benefits. Town officials say two years, but the police union says 13 years until Bean's eligible for retirement.

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