Newtown Police Officers Seek More Help in Wake of Tragedy

By Michael Melia
|  Wednesday, Dec 26, 2012  |  Updated 2:55 PM EDT
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Union Pushes for More Help For Newtown Officers

The union that represents police officers in Newtown is pushing to make more help available for those who responded to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Attorney Eric Brown with AFSCME Council 15 says a handful of officers have been affected so severely by what they saw that they are not working. He says they have to use sick time and could soon be at risk of going without a paycheck.

Brown said Wednesday that the town and the union are asking the town's insurer to provide more assistance. The union is also reaching out to the governor's office and the legislature, where one Connecticut lawmaker says it will consider changes in state policy.

Many of the officers were the first to respond in the moments after a gunman killed 20 children and 6 educators inside Sandy Hook School.

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