New York Daily News

January 16, 2015, 9:56 PM

  

 

NYPD cop, shooting victim Andrew Dossi, leaves hospital with fist-pump amid applause

 

The police officer, shot in the arm and lower back by an accused armed robber Jan. 5, is still recovering from his injuries and is not expected to return to work any time soon. But his brethren in blue were out in full force when he was released from Mount Sinai Hospital.

BY CAITLIN NOLAN, ROCCO PARASCANDOLA

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NYPD Officer Andrew Dossi, 30, gives a big thumbs-up Friday as he leaves Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was recovering from being shot by an alleged armed robber.

Hero NYPD Officer Andrew Dossi was released from the hospital Friday afternoon, 11 days after he and another cop were shot by an accused armed robber.

More than 200 uniformed cops gathered at Mount Sinai Hospital in upper Manhattan to applaud Dossi, 30, as he emerged from the hospital in a wheelchair, surrounded by his doctors, wife and 8-year-old daughter.

His arm still in a sling, Dossi was all smiles as he was wheeled to a black police van waiting at the end of a long line of cops shouting encouragement.

fter hugging his daughter, he stood with assistance, gave a thumbs-up and pumped his fist in the air to applause.

“Today’s a special day for Officer Dossi and his family,” said Patrick Lynch, head of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, the NYPD’s biggest union.

“But it’s not over for him. He still has rehabilitation to do. But he's a long way from where he was and we thank everybody for that.”

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NYPD Officer Andrew Dossi, leaves Mt. Sinai Hospital to go home after being shot by Jason Polanco last week in the Bronx.
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Dossi is applauded by his brethren in blue as he heads home from the hospital.
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NYPD cop Andrew Dossiarrives home Friday with his daughter, Adrianna, 8.
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NYPD Officer Andrew Dossi was released from Mt. Sinai Hospital in the Bronx on Friday.
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Cops investigate near the scene of a Bronx bodega robbery Jan. 5 that resulted in the shooting of police officers Andrew Dossi and Aliro Pelleran.

Dossi and Officer Aliro Pellerano were among five anti-crime officers who were at the 46th Precinct stationhouse at the end of their shifts when they responded to a radio call for help in finding two men who had just ripped off a deli in Fordham Jan. 5.

      
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Flags wave triumphantly over an even more triumphant Police Officer Dossi as he leaves the hospital.  
 
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NYPD Officer Andrew Dossi may need more surgery on his arm after he was shot in the Bronx.  

Pellerano and Rossi, a U.S. Army reservist, left their bullet-resistant vests behind to get to the scene as quickly as possible.

Pellerano, 38, a married father of three, was shot in the chest and arm. He was released from St. Barnabas Hospital two days later.

Dossi, shot in the left arm and lower back, was more seriously injured. He was initially treated at St. Barnabas and then was transferred to Mount Sinai. Although now out of the hospital, he’s not expected to return to work any time soon.

Accused triggerman Jason Polanco, 24, was arrested Jan. 6. He was hit with a slew of charges, including attempted murder and weapons possession, and is being held without bail on Rikers Island.

Polanco’s alleged accomplice, Joshua Kemp, 28, was charged only with robbing the deli and is being held at Rikers in lieu of $200,000 bail.

rparascandola@nydailynews.com