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Pelham Manor Officer Tillistrand Removed From ICU

PELHAM MANOR, N.Y. – Doctors at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx released Pelham Manor police officer Michael Tillistrand from the surgical ICU and placed him in a step-down unit, according to Pelham Manor Police Chief Al Mosiello.

Mosiello said Tillistrand was released from the ICU during the weekend and said that the officer might be placed in a rehabilitation center “as soon as this week,” though he did not know the exact day. He also did not know to which rehab facility he would be transferred.

Mosiello visited Tillistrand on Monday and said the officer knew who he was and responded with a “Yes, sir” when asked, as per his military training. “He was responding,” Mosiello said. “He spoke to us in a low tone. He gives short, little answers.”

Mosiello said Tuesday that no charges have yet been filed against Jillian Ruggiero, the 27-year-old driver of the car that struck Tillistrand while he was crossing Boston Post Road on Nov. 15. She is the daughter of Pelham Manor Fire Chief Joseph Ruggiero.

Mosiello said he did not discuss the accident with Tillistrand when he visited him Monday.

Doctors at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx performed an emergency craniotomy on Tillistrand on the night of the accident to relieve the pressure in his brain, according to Mosiello.

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