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Scot comes from a long line of police officers that includes his father, his twin brother and numerous cousins. There was never any doubt in his mind that he would dedicate his life to service. All that changed when Scot was hit by a car while on duty. His lumbar spine was crushed in four places and his left leg sustained fractures of both the tibia and fibula.

Upon discharge from the hospital, Scot was wheelchair dependent and had no function in his left hand. He began his outpatient rehabilitation at St. Charles Hospital’s Albertson site. At first, he was discouraged by his inability to see an immediate difference. His physical and occupational therapists told him that with the right attitude and effort he would see improvement. When Scot finally let go of his anger, he was able to fully immerse himself in his rehabilitation and he began to see improvement. He progressed to walking with a walker and then a lofstrand crutch and soon he went from a long leg brace to a lower leg brace and from doing leg presses and bicep curls.

Today, Scot enjoys his independence. He has competed in 5K walks and is active with the volunteer fire department in an administrative position. He has completed his scuba certification and, though he has not been able to return to an active position on the NYPD, he visits the Police Academy and speaks to rookies, which he finds both cathartic and rewarding.

For more information about Inpatient Rehabilitation at St. Charles Hospital, please call (631) 474-6797.