Law enforcement officials, firefighters and other emergency personnel wiped tears from their eyes on Wednesday as the Ohio House passed a bill that would provide workers’ compensation for more first responders suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
The House voted 74-22 for House Bill 308, which would allow first responders to seek workers’ compensation benefits even if they don’t have a physical condition that led to PTSD. The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation covers only physical injuries or mental conditions caused by physical injuries.
Those who suffer from PTSD have difficulty recovering after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event, according to the Mayo Clinic. Symptoms might include nightmares, anxiety or depression. Suicidal thoughts or actions also are possible.
“Post-traumatic stress is a mental injury for which an accompanying physical injury is not required,” said Rep. Haraz Ghanbari, R-Perrysbrug.
North Richland Hills police have a new tool to capture and scan crime scenes to better assist investigators.
FARO is a 3D scanning device that allows investigators to capture, measure, and analyze scenes in a real-time format. The piece of technology can capture a scene, in its entirety, using laser scanning.
Crime scene investigator Jennie Espy said once the FARO spins around at 360 degrees, it measures everything in its sight at a rate of about 976,000 data points per second. “It has an accuracy range, plus or minus, of about one millimeter,” Espy told NBC 5. “We’ll still take crime scene photographs. That’s something we’ll always do but when we do measurements both with traffic, fire, and crime scene – most of that is done by hand with measuring tape, you can imagine this is doing that for us.”
Not every scene will require the scanning device. It will primarily be used on major crime scenes, crashes, and arson investigations which will likely lead to courtroom litigation, Espy said.
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VIDEO: The Eastern Kentucky University football player charged with body slamming a Grove City police officer has been suspended from the team.
According to court records, Michael Harris is facing a felony charge of assault and misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest, obstructing official business and disorderly conduct while intoxicated.
Police said on Monday, they were called to a business because of a disturbance with an aggressive man who did not work there and wouldn't leave.
After officers responded to the business on North Meadows Drive, officers believed Harris was intoxicated and did not know where he was or know anyone in the area, according to court records.
"Understanding that details of the incident are still under investigation, and, abiding by FERPA laws and regulations, we must respect the privacy of our students," the university said in a statement to 10TV.
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Sacramento City Council voted Tuesday to rename a Woodlake Park softball field in honor of fallen Sacramento Police Officer Tara O'Sullivan.
The park is a half-mile from the backyard where the 26-year-old O'Sullivan was shot and killed on June 19, 2019. O'Sullivan was responding to domestic violence calling in north Sacramento, and in the process of helping the woman collect her things, O'Sullivan was shot. Woodlake Park, 500 Arden Way, features a softball field, amphitheater, tennis court, clubhouse and Peace Officer's Memorial.
O'Sullivan touched many lives in her short life. She earned a bachelor's degree in child development from California State University, Sacramento, a campus where many mourned her death.
Days after O'Sullivan died, Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen said when he asked her why she would go into the police force with a child development degree. He told ABC10 that her response was, "I'm learning all of the skills I need to be an officer."
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It was on a trip to Britain and Ireland that Norfolk County Sheriff Jerry McDermott first saw seat belt covers that notify first responders that the wearer has autism, the Patriot Ledger reported.
Half a world away, a light bulb went off, McDermott said that he thought that covers could be helpful at home too. Now the covers, created by McDermott’s office, will be available at a number of police departments including Weymouth, Stoughton, Norwood, Needham, Millis, Holbrook, Dedham, Avon and Sharon. Families can pick the covers up at police stations and slide them on top of seat belts. Want news like this sent straight to your inbox? Head over to PatriotLedger.com to sign up for alerts and make sure you never miss a thing. You pick the news you want, we deliver.
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