In a statement, the city said Realin was provided with all the resources that were available.
"The Orlando Police Department offered unlimited resources in an effort to facilitate Mr. Realin's recovery and return to meaningful employment,” the statement said. “While Mr. Realin was unable to come to work, he was offered counseling and was paid his salary for over a year.”
A year after the Pulse nightclub attack, Realin “voluntarily requested a full disability pension, which the city granted,” the Orlando Police Department said in a statement. “As a result, Mr. Realin receives 80 percent of his salary tax-free, plus health insurance, for life.”
Realin claimed that he was continually harassed at the department and sued because of the extra emotional toll.
“Our preference would have always been that Gerry Realin would have gotten the medical care he needed and returned to his career,” Bichler said. “That is what he wanted to do.”