Lamont signs legislation allowing full retirement pay for officers disabled on the job

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HARTFORD -

A retired and disabled Norwalk police officer and his family were at the state Capitol Monday to see the governor sign a bill that allows towns to give officers who were disabled on the job to their full retirement pay.

Phi Roselle became disabled when he was shot on the job during a training accident.

Gov. Ned Lamont signed the legislation Monday that has become known as Phil's Bill.

"They made a dream come true," Roselle said. "Like I was something, I wasn't left behind."

He says after the accident, his wife and children battled to change the law that had barred towns from giving disabled first responders full pensions.

Roselle says the accident completely changed his life. The diabetic is now hoping for a kidney transplant, and worries his life will be cut short.  Now, he and others in the same situation will be able to receive the pensions they had planned for.

"I am overjoyed," Roselle says. "I am just really, really excited."

The Roselles are hopeful that other states will also enact the same legislation.

 
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