Officer Realin Support Fund
On June 12, 2016 at Pulse Night Club in Orlando Florida 49 victims were killed in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
The Orlando Police Departmant Hazmat team, a 7 man team, was tasked with collecting and bagging the 49 victims that didnt make it out. Officer Gerry J. Realin, of the Orlando Police Department, a twelve year veteran and ten year member of the OPD Hazmat team was one of them.
For roughly four to five hours the 7 man team had the most intimate moments with 49 strangers who would forever change their lives. They wrapped and carried them with care and handled them with dignity and respect. Now Officer Realin suffers PTSD and hypertension. A condition that was caused during work that is not recongized by the state of Florida as a "work related injury". Therefore workmans compenstation will not cover his treatment or compensation.
FL.Statute.112.1815, is the law that needs to be changed in order for all first responders to be able to receive treatment and compensation while working
Officer Realin is the sole provider for his family as his wife, Jessica Realin, stays at home and cares for both of their children. Both chidren were born micro-preemie. Their son was born at 24 wks. and weighing only 1lbs. 7oz. and their daughter was born at 29 wks. and weighing 2lbs. 9oz. . Both children have Bronchial Pulmonary Dysplasia, a type of lung disease, and attend weekly Physcial Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy.
(Father & Son in 2012)
(Father & Daughter 2013)
Due to the serious injury Officer Realin has been unable to return to work and it is undetermined when he will be able to do so. He is currently under the care of psychologist, psychiatrist, and a cardologist. Officer Realin has been hospitalized for PTSD Hypertension since the incident on June 12, 2016. Currently Officer Realin is on "paid leave" however under the law the city does not have to continue to pay him his salary. Officer Realin is unaware if or when payment will cease. Donations will assist in continued support for his family, treatment, and well-being.
(The Realin Family 2015)
We thank you for your love, prayers and support.
Florida failed to pass PTSD coverage this year.
The issue is now at the federal level and progress is being made with Congress. It was filed as the Law Enforcement Mental Healthcare Act.
We ask for continued prayers as we do not know what the future holds.
Thank you to all.
In the meantime, my husband is still ongoing weekly treatments, medication, and relies on being with immediate family and paddling therapy on the waters...Often in solitude.
Thanks to all who have supported us. Happy New Year.
Orlando United Counseling is offering free, long-term counseling to anyone impacted by the Pulse tragedy. Please encourage anyone you know that has not been able to address counseling due to cost to reach out by calling 407-898-0110 or filling out an online referral form: https://www.mhacf.org/orlando-united-counseling/ We have resources to support anyone directly or indirectly impacted. We are wishing the Realin family the best of luck.
Folks, Gerry is my Grandson-i-love married to my Granddaughter Jessica. He is a very loving, caring person who has always been there to help others, but now is in need of our help and the help of our community and State of Florida. Please contact our State legislature to change the State Statue .112.1815 and if possible please donate financially at this time. Thank you and God bless you. Yoli Choser
My name is Linda LoPresto and I am the Director of Admissions at Warriors Heart. We are a in-patient treatment facility for First Responders and we specialize in private and confidential substance abuse and co-occurring psychological disorders, with special attention to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I encourage anyone who is suffering, or know of someone who might be, to reach out to us by calling 844-448-2567 or visit our website at www.warriorsheart.com
Heard your amazing wife on real radio 104.1 this morning, and I wanted to tell you that it can get better. I have been living with PTSD for many years now and I think you are on the right track to having an easier life. I think knowing your triggers is half of the battle, and the fact that you are using the fishing reels as a coping skill is awesome! Keep up the great work and remember that the community supports you! I pray that they get this law changed asap! God bless!
Jessica Realin would like to convey this message to any "First Responders" whom are experiencing mental or nervous injury and are needing help. Under the Shield is a non-profit organization that provides 24 hour / 7days a week Therapy Hotline that is 100% anonymous. They do not take your information or record anything. These services are not limited to just those whom are suffering from mental or nervous injury; but extended to their love ones and those whom are affected. Jessica Realin, herself is using this organization to help her through this difficult time. Please don't hesitate to reach out to this organization. They have experience with multiple national tragedies such as 9/11 and Sandyhook. Their website is: http://undertheshield.com Their number is; 855.889.2348
I can't offer financia help but what I can offer is this.... My husband suffers from PTSD from the Army. So I know this is a long road for you and your family. I have found this program that will help Military & First Responders at no cost to you! Please check them out. https://www.facebook.com/warriorsheartrehab/
please let Officer Realin know that the Ministry, "By His Wounds Ministry" (.org) is a place that will help him heal. Rev. Nigel Mumford, (formerly in the Royal Marines in England, now an Episcopal Priest in VA) has a special gift in the area of PTSD. He runs (free) retreats for folks who served who have PTSD. "Welcome Home Innitiative". Please encourage him and his wife to attend. I will pray for him and his family. He will be healed ❤️
Here is a link to the Ontario Policy for PTSD - there is also a policy for psychological injuries as a result of trauma. http://www.wsib.on.ca/WSIBPortal/faces/WSIBManualPage?cGUID=15-03-13&fGUID=835502100635000498&_afrLoop=2191520259707525&_afrWindowMode=0&_afrWindowId=156i63thrg_43#%40%3FcGUID%3D15-03-13%26_afrWindowId%3D156i63thrg_43%26_afrLoop%3D2191520259707525%26_afrWindowMode%3D0%26fGUID%3D835502100635000498%26_adf.ctrl-state%3D156i63thrg_63
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I am also a professor, and I specialize in trauma resolution. This is a disgrace. It would be my privilege to treat you for free. See rapidresolutiontherapy.com for details about our approach. Message me directly, if you want to set it up.
What a disgusting response..."They know what they signed up for." First responders are on the front lines making life and death decisions that impact their own lives and the lives of other people. We need them to serve and protect. As a culture, we need to do everything to encourage them being in excellent health. We need to value them.
I should have added that here in Ontario, (and in most other jurisdictions in the Western world), Worker's Comp has allowed for traumatic psychological effects of a physical injury and more recently for PTSD specifically for first responders. Ontario developed its policies more than 20 years ago with the assistance of experts in the field. The proof required for Worlers' Comp is a balance of probabilities, that is: Is it more probable than not that the event caused the psychological condition? The Orlando events were certainly traumatic and should be accepted. Hopefully, your Police Union will take up the costs of the appeal of this decision, if you have not yet asked them to do so, please do - your case could also be adopted by the State or National Police associations. I wish you well and a quick recovery back to regular duty.
Dear Jessica, I'm a psychotherapist and I want to make sure you are aware of a new PTSD therapy that cured 80% of people who tried it who had intense combat trauma and military related trauma. The FDA is doing trials and should approve this therapy soon. Please, if you want to know more about this therapy you can contact me or go to www.maps.org and look for MDMA therapy. Please, please, please, if you haven't heard about this therapy, get some information about it. There is concrete hope for your husband. Best, Igor