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Injured Retired Cop Stymied by Insurance Company


July 08, 2000
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Injured Retired Cop Stymied by Insurance Company

FARGO, N.D. –- All Rocco Giambrocco, a retired Leominster, Mass. police officer, wanted to do was to cruise through 48 states in 48 days with his 28-year-old son on their motorcycles. Sunday morning, June 25, Giambrocco’s new Harley-Davidson Electra Glide touring cycle was cruising along Interstate 94 somewhere between Fargo and Moorhead greeting their 23rd state. Road construction, rainy weather, and water on the road caused Giambrocco to slow to 50 mph. A passing truck driver wasn’t so patient and shot passed him at a high rate of speed. The wind and the water coming off the big rig sent the Harley and driver into the breakdown lane and against a concrete barrier. Giambrocco suffered two broken bones in his right forearm and a vertical fracture in his left leg. The leg bone that joins his ankle was also crushed. He is looking at a six-to-twelve-month recovery period and multiple leg surgeries. Unfortunately, his insurance company won’t pay for him to leave Dakota Heartland Hospital in Fargo and fly back home. Surgery on his arm put the bones back together with plates and screws, but his left leg needs more surgery. The optimal time for successful surgery is passing quickly.On June 30, a social worker at the hospital put Giambrocco in contact with an air ambulance service located in Denver. The flight from Fargo to Worcester, Mass cost more than Giambrocco could afford. Police organizations in North Dakota, Minnesota and Massachusetts have agreed to contribute funds to cover the $7,900 cost. The Fraternal Order of Police in Fargo have established an account to help pay for Rocco’s trip home.Donations to help defray the air ambulance can be sent to The Rocco Giambrocco Fund, c/o Fraternal Order of Police, P.O. Box 934, Fargo, ND, 58107. For more information, the contact person is Chad Hagen, president of the Red River Lodge of North Dakota. Hagen's telephone number is (701) 239-6370. Alternatively, Shannon Monroe, president of Northwest Minnesota Lodge #8, can be paged by dialing (701) 271-9808 and leaving the call-back telephone number after the beep.




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