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.