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Police academy grads celebrate achievement

Amsterdam officer overcame extra obstacle to success

Michael Palmerino, right, a 23-year-old Amsterdam man who was successfully treated for an uncommon autoimmune disorder with a minimally invasive surgical procedure at Albany Medical Center fulfilled his dream of becoming a police officer when he graduated from the Zone 5 Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy on Friday.
Palmerino, whose condition prevented him from talking just two years ago, joined 44 other police recruits during the graduation.
Two summers ago, Palmerino found himself progressively weakening to the point that he periodically lost the ability to talk, chew, or swallow. Palmerino will begin work with the Amsterdam Police Department. His father at left, Joseph Palmerino, a retired Amsterdam Police Department Detective, congratulates Michael after getting his diploma.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Michael Palmerino, right, a 23-year-old Amsterdam man who was successfully treated for an uncommon autoimmune disorder with a minimally invasive surgical procedure at Albany Medical Center fulfilled his dream of becoming a police officer when he graduated from the Zone 5 Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy on Friday. Palmerino, whose condition prevented him from talking just two years ago, joined 44 other police recruits during the graduation. Two summers ago, Palmerino found himself progressively weakening to the point that he periodically lost the ability to talk, chew, or swallow. Palmerino will begin work with the Amsterdam Police Department. His father at left, Joseph Palmerino, a retired Amsterdam Police Department Detective, congratulates Michael after getting his diploma.
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Newly minted police Officer Michael Palmerino is thrilled to be following in the footsteps of his father, uncle and cousin. Palmerino starts his job today at the Amsterdam Police Department after graduating from the Zone 5 Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy on Friday. But Palmerino’s police career was almost over before it started. Two years ago, the Amsterdam native began suffering major health problems. Zone 5 Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy graduates: Albany Police Department: ...


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wmarincic
January 11, 2013
9:54 p.m.

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Congrats.

CateMB
January 12, 2013
4:20 p.m.

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What a nice story. Congratulations to Officer Palmerino--what an amazing young man. And welcome to our new Saratoga Springs officers!

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