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Default Cop wounded in shootout not happy about De Blasio’s visit

Cop wounded in shootout not happy about de Blasio’s visit | New York Post

Cop wounded in shootout not happy about De Blasio’s visit

By Kevin Sheehan
January 6, 2015 | 11:44am

One of the cops wounded in a wild Bronx shootout didn’t appreciate a hospital sympathy visit from Mayor Bill de Blasio, the wounded officer’s dad told The Post on Tuesday.

The mayor accompanied NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton to St. Barnabas Hospital overnight to see wounded plainclothes officers Andrew Dossi, 30, and Aliro Pellarano, 38.

“He wasn’t too happy about the mayor’s visit,” Dossi’s dad, Joe, told The Post at the family’s home in Rockland County.

“He (Dossi) deals with some crappy people every day and getting no support (from the mayor), come on. These are the guys in the trenches dealing with anything and everything.”

The mayor and rank-and-file cops have been at war since last month, after a Staten Island grand jury declined to indict a white police officer, whose chokehold contributed to the death of Eric Garner.

The unarmed Garner, who was black, was accused of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes when he was taken down by a team of officers.

De Blasio incensed police by making the issue personal, saying he fears for his half-black son, Dante, and Dante’s potential future dealings with police.

After last night’s shooting, the wounded Dossi was visited three separate times by Bratton, according to Joe Dossi, a 66-year-old retired special ed school bus driver.

During the second sympathy call, Bratton brought his boss, de Blasio, into the hospital room.

Surveillance footage from the bodega the suspect robbed before running into the Chinese restaurant, where he shot Dossi and another officer.
Photo: G.N. Miller

“The mayor came in last night. And I told him these guys are laying their lives on the line,” the elder Dossi said.

“Bratton seemed like a real legitimate guy. He came in three times and then the second time he brought the mayor in with him.”

The mayor apparently had little to say.

“The mayor seemed passive, like he was just listening to what Bratton was saying and what I was saying,” Dossi said.

The cop, in the process of selling his condo in Rockland County, has been temporarily bunking with his parents — and carpooling to work with Pellarano, who lives nearby.

Joe Dossi recalled the scary Monday night call he and his wife have always dreaded.

“I just put on my PJs and the phone rang and I picked up and heard my wife talking to a nurse who said my son was shot twice,” Dossi said.

“I just asked where he was and the nurse said St. Barnabas. I called his precinct to confirm this wasn’t some sort of prank and then I ran down and got my daughter. My daughter and son are very, very close. And when I brought her into the (hospital) room, she started to cry when she saw him.”

When Officer Dossi regained consciousness after surgery, his dad tried to keep it light and busted busted his son’s chops over $20.

“I went over and asked, `Where’s the $20 you owe me?’ My son started laughing and said, `I took it out of your wallet, I didn’t think you’d notice,’ ” said the dad, breaking down in tears. “He just tried to make me laugh.”

Officer Dossi, an Iraq veteran, is an Army Airborne reservist and was scheduled to go to Africa in a few weeks.

That tour, and perhaps his entire reservist career, are now on hold.

“The doctor just told me the bullet in his back just missed his spine. He was shot in the left arm and the arm just doesn’t look good,” the hero cop’s dad said.

“The doctors expect a full recovery. But that arm. I just hope that doesn’t affect his career. He’s Army Airborne. He can’t jump out of airplanes with a messed-up arm.”
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