I am a Protective Security Officer contracted with the federal government who had to shoot and kill a man last year and am finally speaking out about it and what the aftermath did to me. AMA
Hi, my name is Kipper Breckenridge and I am a protective security officer that is contracted through the federal government to protect a social security office. Last year a young man tried to stab his mother and grandmother to death right in front of me in the lobby of the building. I had to shoot him to save the two ladies, who were both in critical condition, but survived. This resulted in the death of the young man and my life spiraling out of control.
My name was kept out of the news, even though it made the national news, to avoid unwanted media attention on myself and my family. I have just recently decided to out myself and speak up about it after dealing with a year of PTSD, anxiety, depression, weight gain, and financial problems with no support from the government, my union, or the companies I've been contracted through. Workers comp covers my therapy and medicine, which is good, but even though I still work the same job I bring home $1,000 a month less now due to the new company taking over the contract taking our extra health and welfare pay and putting it into a 401a (it gives them a tax break while hurting the 60+ officers on this contract financially), which I don't need as I already have a 401k. Right now I'm off 5 weeks for a medication change and sleep study and am only getting 60% pay.
I'm advocating for changes in the way we are contracted. When the contract first went into effect it was in the aftermath of 9/11 and only meant to be a 6 month temporary contract to make people feel safe in federal buildings. Almost 18 years later it's still treated as a temporary contract. TSA isn't contract, FPS isn't contract, DHS, ICE, and the list goes on. They are all federal employees with good pay and benefits. So I'm working on trying to find out why we are still treated as temporary and why we aren't granted the same benefits as federal employees.
I'm also advocating for changes in policies in the aftermath of a incident like mine, such as mandatory amount of time paid off and a mandatory number of therapy visits during that time to make sure officers mental health are properly taken care of unlike mine.
Link to my facebook post where I first came out about it and go into more details: https://www.facebook.com/kipperbreckenridge/posts/10215967037141498
Link to the original story after it happened: https://apnews.com/50eba13c79d847d7852c31ca6b4788cc
Link to the news story where I first spoke out through the media:https://www.wjtv.com/top-stories/exclusive-security-officer-in-deadly-shooting-at-mccomb-social-security-building-speaks-out/
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Edit: If anyone has any advice or information on getting through to congress or anyone else that can help me gain support, please let me know. I've already contacted my local congressman, but haven't heard back from him. I've also filed charges against my union with the national labor relations board for failing to respond and properly represent me. Any other information I'd be grateful for.
Edit2: Thanks for the gold anonymous redditor. I appreciate it.
Edit 3: thanks for the silver. I'm going to bed now because I have to get my son off to school in the morning, but keep asking questions and I'll answer tomorrow. I'll keep answering as long as people keep asking. Thanks everyone.
Edit 4: I'm back up again and saw my son off for his first day of 6th grade. Someone I don't know contributed to my gofundme yesterday and if you were from here, thank you very much. much appreciated. I'll be available all day to answer any more question if you got them. I'm an open book. Ask Away.