September 16, 2014 DAUGHTER OF RET. SGT. EMIL STUCCHIO
We received the following information from Bob Valentino and Vinnie Servedio:
Ret. Sgt. Emil Stucchio's daughter, Natalie, is gravely ill and in hospice care. Prayers are being requested for Natalie and the entire Stucchio family.
Our prayers and best wishes go out to Natalie and the Stucchio family.
August 9, 2014 SICK DESK UPDATES RET. SGT. LEROY HILL - P.O. FRANK VESPOLI - LT. BILL SCHUBERT and SGT. BOBBY CARUSO
From Ret. Lt. Charles McCray:
I am glad to report that Bro. Leroy Hill is out of the Hospital and back in his quarters in forest Hills. Leroy sounded great over the phone and stated that he is doing fine and is very glad to be back home and can be reached at 718 529-8529 (home), His cell is 718 316-0948.
Louis, I don't have the specifics on Ret. P.O. Frank Vespoli who worked with me in the Bronx District 10/12 and 20/22 in the 60's and 70's. He is in Winthrop Hospital in Mineola 259 1st St, Mineola, NY 11501 (516) 663-0333 and is in very serious condition with lymphoma. Please alert those members who may remember him to keep him in their prayers.
Thank you and God Bless
UPDATE ON BILL SCHUBERT
Hello, I just wanted to thank all those who sent emails to my husband Bill Schubert. He is home now after days in a rehab hospital. He was well and ready to come home on the 4th day. He decided to go to the rehab hospital because just before he had his surgery I fell and broke my left ankle. I wouldn't be able to help him much. He is doing really well and getting stronger each day. thank you all for your prayers and well wishes. Janet Schubert
Hello, I wanted to let you know that on July 15th, Bill Schubert had a 4 artery bypass. This was done here in Indian River Medical Center, 37th Street Vero Beach Fl. I will give you an update as how he is. Thank you, Jan Schubert
SICK DESK UPDATE JOE MONTANARO
Hi Louie, Sorry I haven't got back to you sooner. The procedure went well. I get home Friday around noontime. By late Friday evening the anesthetic started to wear off and the pain started again.
Saturday was my worse day. Bad pain all day long. Pain pills didn't help at all. Nor did the icepacks, that are applied about every half an hour. My pain zone remained at about 7 to 9.
Today, Sunday, I am feeling much better pain zone down to 3-5. Still using the ice packs, for the swelling. In another 24 hrs. I can start to remove the wrappings. Today I can start to do my exercising, for the knee.
Hopefully in another couple of weeks I can start moving around normally again. This sitting around drives me crazy.
Lou, I was talking with Mike De Nicola, he said he was scheduled for surgery on Monday, July 7th at Staten Island University Hospital on Bard Avenue. He is asking fellow TPD's and family keep him in their prayers. The surgery is to correct an abdominal aneurysm and they hope to apply a stent through the groin if All goes well, If not they will have to open him up. It will be a short stay if the stent can be applied, otherwise he will have an extended stay at the hospital. His home phone # 718 442-0441 Cell# 347 768-2012.
Our best wishes to Joe and Mike for a quick receovery from their surgeries.
June 25, 2014 MORE SICK DESK UPDATES
From Lou Hollander:
WIFE OF RET. P.O. HENRY MELCHIONA
I spoke with Henry 2 days before the reunion and he had some good news to share with me. His wife, Maureen, has stage 4B cancer and was told by their doctor to basically get her business in order that they didnít give her much time. Because of the stage 4B cancer, Sloan-Kettering would not accept her. Henry sought out some other cancer hospital that treated her with chemo & radiation and other medications. Henry told me the tumors shrunk drastically and Maureen is doing much better. He wants to thank all that were praying for her as he believes that prayer is what led him to this cancer hospital. He asks for your continued prayers. Henryís email is firstname.lastname@example.org
I have been informed by Frank Madalena that Ret. Sgt. Bobby Caruso just had surgery for lung cancer. I am told by Frank that all went well and Bobby is doing well.
Our prayers and best wishes to Maureen and Bobby that they may overcome this terrible illness.
June 21, 2014 SICK DESK UPDATES
From Ret. P.O. Paul Troiano:
I received the pet scan results. The tumor has shrunk and the nodes have cleared up. I need 3 more chemos and a new drug that will starve it to cut off the blood supply. I will then take another pet scan to see if it's gone. The chemo will be through August. Please keep me in your prayers.
From Ret. Lt. Charles McCray email@example.com as received from Ret. P.O. Berris Turnbull's daughter, Tisha:
Good evening, Mr. McCray Sr.
I am Tisha Turnbull, Berris Turnbull's daughter. My dad is a retired police officer (District #32, Brooklyn) who now resides in Orlando, FL. On March 3rd, he fell in his dining room. It was determined that he had spinal cervical stenosis and needed surgery ASAP. He had the surgery on March 5th.
During that surgery, there were a lot of complications, but thank God, he pulled through. He was in ICU for two weeks but was released to a rehab facility on March 20th. Then on April 1st, he took ill again and was re-admitted to the hospital. Then he was re-admitted back to the rehab facility on April 10th which is where he's been ever since. He will be discharged the first week of July but will be coming to NY to stay with his family for a few months as he continues to recover. We are asking for continued prayers for my dad. If anybody would like to contact him, he can be reached at the following:
(Before July 4th)
Hunter's Creek Rehab & Nursing Center
14155 Town Loop Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32837
(407) 510-9106 - cell phone
(After July 7th)
511 Beach 64th Street
Arverne, NY 11692
(718) 634-9091 - house phone
(407) 510-9106 - cell phone
Thank you. TISHA TURNBULL
Our prayers and best wishes to Paul and Berris for a return to good health.
May 24, 2014 SICK DESK UPDATES
As received from Lou Hollander:
SICK DESK UPDATE MIKE DISANZA
Mike will be having surgery this Tuesday. He will be released with an open wound and a pump hopefully to remove the infection. Please keep him in your prayers.
Lou received this Sick Desk Info from Bob Neyland.
Louie, Just got off the phone with Ken Kramer. He is in Seven Rivers Hospital in Crystal River Florida, room 305. He has contracted a serious infection in his arm from moving some palms in his yard. Doctors told him he was endanger of losing his arm. They plan on going in again sometime today and cleaning it out for a second time. Please keep him in your thoughts and prays.
Louie, I spoke with Ken Kramer today. He said that he is doing a little better. The doctors had attached an electronic pump in his arm to siphon out any infection. He hopes that he can get out of the hospital on Saturday.
Thank You. Robert Neyland
Our best wishes and prayers to our fellow retirees that they may recover from their illnesses.
May 11, 2014 SICK DESK UPDATES
We received the following from Lou Hollander:
DENNIS BOODLE UPDATE
I had surgery on 5/1. It was supposed to be an easy torn meniscus, but there was a large cartilage in there since birth. It caused pain and a longer surgery time. The did clean it out. My rehab will take a bit longer but I will be back kicking real soon and weight training. He is not ready for phone calls. Email address firstname.lastname@example.org
MIKE DISANZA UPDATE
We thought that the infusions were ending May 1st, but instead they extended them for another week. Thank you to everyone who have helped in bringing him to these early appointments. It is so much appreciated. In addition to these appointments there are numerous other appointments and obligations to take care of...most of these it is absolutely necessary for me to attend.
He will finish his last infusion on the 8th (hopefully(:) Then later that day (we don't know what time yet) he will have his first cataract surgery, On Friday, in addition to the follow up at St. Luke's, he has two dr. appts. where he will be referred to a surgeon at Shands hospital in Gainesville to remove the wires from his defibrillator? and the scar tissue that has been created. He is still draining from the site and it still looks as though the defibrillator? is still in. This will require several days in the hospital and will be done by laser surgery...Just pray all goes well for him
All in all, he is doing very well. It is just that the antibiotic infusions are wiping him out. If he doesnít return your phone calls don't feel bad...its hard on him at this time to carry on a conversation when he is so tired.
Thanks to all those who have been praying
Our prayers and best wishes to all our fellow officers who are on the sick list at this time that they may fully recover from their illnesses.
April 26, 2014 REPORTS FROM THE SICK DESK
From Lou Hollander:
RET. P.O. MIKE DISANZA PRAYERS REQUESTED
Mike has been through the mill lately. His defibrillator shifted and was rubbing against his arm causing discomfort and pain. After treating for an infection for over a month, he went to an infectious disease doctor. She ordered nuclear tests...nothing showed up.
The condition around the defibrillator worsened, so they decided to take it out. The day after the device was taken out, the swelling around the site doubled. They went back in and removed a hematoma and infection. The next day, it was just as big and the infectious disease doctor wanted it cleaned out again and a drain put in. Cardio went in and there appeared to be no infection, but a lot of scar tissue. He cleaned it out as best he could. They sent him home last night. Then at 0230 he was bleeding profusely from the wound and had to go back to the ER. We are now awaiting the home health nurse to come and change his dressing. He is on two infusions of iv antibiotics through a port 2x daily.
Please keep him in your prayers that he gets through this with no more incidence.
Information was received today that Ret. P.O. Berris Turnbull is out of the hospital and is rehabilitating at the HUNTER'S CREEK REHABILITATION FACILITY, 14155 Town Loop Blvd., Room #108, Orlando, Florida 32837. While his condition is improving, it is unknown how long he will be in this facility. He is able to have visitors and receive telephone calls. His # is (407) 910-5106. He may take a few seconds to answer the phone. Information received from Shirley Simpson. Sincerely, Gene Robinson
Information has been received that Retired Detective Curtis Vincent is hospitalized. Curtis' wife, Jean, said that he had hip replacement surgery in early March and was on the road to a speedy recovery when 2 weeks ago she found him passed out. Doctor's found a total of 7 blood clots in both his legs and he was hospitalized. He is not allowed to get out of bed for any reason while he is being treated with blood thinners. Curtis is also in Stage 5 of Parkinson's Disease. He is in the Northeast Georgia Medical Center, South Tower, in Gainesville, GA. Jean says that Curtis sometimes has difficulty concentrating and is sometimes incoherent but believes he would love to hear from his Transit Police family. His telephone number at the hospital is (770) 219-1107. Jean's email is JeanWSSU65@aol.com. Sincerely, Gene Robinson
Ret. Sgt. Bill McMillen broke his ankle back in March and required surgery. The surgery was successful and is on his way to a speedy recovery. Bill said he will be seeing me at the Florida Reunion in June.
Our best wishes to our fellow retirees for speedy recoveries.
April 6, 2014 WIFE OF RET. P.O. HENRY MELCHIONA
We received the following from Lou Hollander:
Thursday night I received a heart wrenching call from my friend, Ret. PO Henry Melchiona. By the sound of his voice, I knew something was wrong. As he began to tell me, he broke down and said it is Maureen, his wife. She was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer that has spread to her neck. The doctor said that they could not operate. They could try chemo, and that could give her a little more time but was not sure of the quality of life she would have. Hank said she wanted to go for it. The doctor suggested to take her on a cruise which her children wanted to do but she is in too much pain. Please remember her in your prayers also pray for Hank and the rest of the family that they can find some comfort. Guys/Gals, prayers do work!
Our prayers and best wishes go out to Maureen and Hank that she may recover from this illness.
March 21, 2014 RET. P.O. PAUL TROIANO and his wife, ANNETTE
Sent by Lou Hollander who received this email from Paul Troiano. He would appreciate your prayers very much His email address is email@example.com phone # 386-961-9328. I attended Paul and Annette's wedding 42 years ago and I remember it as if it was just last week.
Hi Lou, My cancer is back for the third time. They found growths and nodes where my lung use to be. I will be awaiting a biopsy before they decide how to treat it. Annette is not feeling well either. She is having trouble with ther stomach and digestive tract and needs a lot of testing to find out why. We both could use prayers. Getting old is not for sissies.
Thank you, Paul and Annette.
Our prayers and best wishes go out to Annette and Paul for recovery back to good health.
March 15, 2014 RET. P.O. TOM GILLESPIE
From Lou Hollander:
Tommy Gillespie had cataract surgery on his eyes around April 11th. Well wishes can be sent to Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our best wishes go out to Tom for a successful surgery.Hope to "see" you at the Florida reunion.
March 2, 2014 RET. SGT. JOE MASTROMARINO
From Lou Hollander:
Fran Mastromario called me after the operation and informed me all went well with the surgery. He is home recuperating, which will take about 6 weeks plus PT. Joe's email is JMastromar@aol.com
Our best wishes to Joe for a speedy recovery.
February 23, 2014 WIFE OF RET. P.O. MIKE MONGILLO
From Lou Hollander:
I have been informed by Mike Mongillo that everything went well with Christineís operation. He said she should be discharged Saturday or Sunday. Mike wants to thank everyone for their prayers and support.
We're very glad to hear the good news and our best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Well it is time for you to ink up your "Get Well Soon Paul" rubber stamp as Paul is about to do it again. Tuesday February 4th Paul is going in for a 'revision' on his 23 yr old artificial hip. Seems like only yesterday we were all playing volley ball at his 'hip hip hooray' party...
I am really starting to get suspicious about his frequent 'excuses' to find a reason to go back to the rehab facility. I know it isn't the food so it has to be one of lovely young ladies and their sponge bath technique...
The duration of his stay in the hospital and if he needs to go to AHC for rehab will only be decided after the doctor goes in and battles to remove the old parts.
Just when I thought I might not have any interesting material for my next Christmas letter...
We said it before and we'll say it again, Paul...all our prayers and best wishes go out to you (and your wife, of course) for a good, long and healthy life.