Pulse

Forty-nine people died in the Pulse nightclub mass shooting in Orlando in 2016, but new information indicates that 16 of those victims may have been able to survive their injuries -- if they'd been treated sooner.

Robin Sussingham talks to John Montes, an Emergency Services Specialist with the National Fire Protection Association about the NFPA's new standards for first responders.


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The city of Orlando is asking a federal judge to dismiss a civil rights lawsuit that was filed on behalf of victims and survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting. 

Eatonville Board Denies Disability Pension For Pulse First Responders

Sep 7, 2018
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The Town of Eatonville has denied a disability pension for a Pulse first responder with post-traumatic stress disorder.

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With the recent Parkland shooting, a local hospital that responded to the Pulse nightclub shooting wants to start a nationwide conversation about emergency preparedness. 

First responders run towards crashes, emergencies and catastrophes, not away from them. And for some, their experiences are leading to post traumatic stress disorder. But in Florida, first responders who develop PTSD on the job don’t get compensated, unless they have a physical injury as well. Now there are efforts at the statehouse to change that. A note to listeners, the following story includes frank discussion of death and suicide.

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The Orlando Police Pension Board voted to give officer Gerry Realin a disability pension.

Realin was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after cleaning up the bodies in Pulse nightclub last year. WMFE Health Reporter Abe Aboraya spoke with All Things Considered Host Crystal Chavez.

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.

Remember Pulse Shooting By Donating Blood

Jun 13, 2017

One year ago today, 49 people were killed in a shooting at Pulse Night Club in Orlando.

Life After Pulse: A Special Report

Jun 12, 2017
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Health News Florida partner station WMFE in Orlando has produced an in-depth series for the one-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting.

The coverage focuses on the stories of the people: people who survived and how they are moving forward; people who were lost and how they are remembered; and people – in the Orlando community and around the globe – who were moved to respond in the wake of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Gerry Realin says he wishes he had never become a police officer.

Realin, 37, was part of the hazmat team that responded to the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando on June 12, 2016. 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 the nightclub, where they used Sharpies to list the victims that night and white sheets to cover them.

After Pulse, An LGBTQ Effort For Gun Control

Jun 8, 2017
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The Pride Fund to End Gun Violence says it has raised $125,000 in the year after the Pulse mass shooting, the deadliest in modern American history.

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Health News Florida partner station WMFE in Orlando has produced an in-depth series for the one-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting. The following is an excerpt from that series.

Post Pulse ORMC To Make Interpreters More Visible

Jun 5, 2017

Orlando Regional Medical Center has more Spanish interpreters today than it did during the Pulse tragedy nearly a year ago. ORMC has 71 Spanish interpreters now, up from 57 last year.

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After the Pulse nightclub shooting, mental health organizations mobilized to provide counseling.

The Mental Health Association of Central Florida used a grant to create a new program to help people affected by the shooting with free mental health counseling. Now, they’re looking for funding to keep operating. 

Firefighters are three times more likely to die from suicide than to die in the line of duty, according to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

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The mother of a victim of the Pulse Night Club shooting will be watching from the Capitol tonight as President Donald Trump gives an address to a joint session of Congress.

Democratic State Senator Victor Torres filed a bill Tuesday to allow first responders to get worker’s compensation coverage for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Two hurricanes, a Zika outbreak and the nation’s worst mass shooting aren’t putting a dent in Florida’s biggest industry.

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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.

Orlando To Buy Pulse Nightclub, Turn It Into Memorial

Nov 8, 2016
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The city of Orlando has announced plans to purchase the Pulse nightclub and eventually convert the site of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history into a memorial.

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Orange County Sheriff’s Office released another batch of 911 calls Wednesday from the shooting at Pulse nightclub.

The calls released show the high number of calls coming in. Orange County dispatchers were unable to patch many of the calls through to Orlando Police dispatchers.

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The final shooting victim in the Pulse Night Club shooting has been released from the hospital after 86 days.

Mario Perez lives in Miami, but he was in Orlando for a housewarming party Saturday, June 11. After the party, the 34-year-old went to Pulse for Latin night.

At 2 a.m., he heard gun shots. Loud. He knew it was real.

Congressman Alan Grayson Tells Tallahassee To Ban Assault Weapons In Florida

Jun 23, 2016

Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson was in Tallahassee calling on the Florida legislature to pass a bill that would ban assault weapons in Florida. 

Bilingual Counselors In High Demand In Orlando Post Pulse

Jun 23, 2016

Bilingual therapists are on standby for people in need of grief counseling following the Pulse massacre.

Hispanic Family Counseling has been busy counseling survivors and others affected, free of charge. The organization has 25 therapists that speak English, Spanish, Portuguese, Creole and French … and the group is adding staff.

The Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence is calling for a special legislative session to implement new gun restrictions after this month’s mass shooting in Orlando.

Gun Sales Soar After Orlando Shooting

Jun 17, 2016

Gun sales have dramatically increased in Florida in the wake of Sunday's mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub that left 49 people dead and dozens wounded.

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Ivy Hernandez promotes Latin Night at Orlando’s Parliament House, so she knows the LGBT Latino community.

She was not at the Pulse nightclub Sunday night; she was working at Parliament House on the other side of town. But she got a phone call as it happened.

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Hundreds lined up to give blood Sunday in Orlando to help the victims of the massacre at a gay nightclub, but major restrictions remain for gay men wanting to give blood themselves.