TRA 2015 Police Awards Recipient
In October, 2014, Fifth Precinct Crime Section Sergeant Andrew Kenneally sought medical attention after experiencing excruciating back pain. After undergoing numerous tests and examinations, he was diagnosed with a cancer known as Multiple Myeloma. In Multiple Myeloma collections of abnormal plasma cells accumulate in the bone marrow, where they interfere with the production of normal blood cells. Multiple Myeloma plasma cell populations accumulate and these collections of cells called plasmacytomas can erode the hard outer shell or cortex of the bone that surrounds the marrow. This caused abnormal plasma cells to accumulate in the bone marrow of his spine causing vertebrae to fracture and/or collapse. In the months that followed his diagnosis, Sergeant Kenneally has faced a grueling recovery. He has undergone numerous surgeries in an attempt to repair damaged vertebrae, endured numerous cycles of chemotherapy, near constant back pain, nausea and exhaustion.Sergeant Kenneally, known to as an outdoorsman, hunter, fisherman, and avid trainer of retriever dogs, refuses to allow his quality of life to be impacted by this illness. As a proud former member of the United States Marine Corps, he conveys a sense of calmness and composure in the face of adversity. Although his battle persists, he continues to make vital contributions to his Department. When faced with a debilitating, serious illness, Sergeant Kenneally is determined not just to survive, but to continue to serve the residents of Suffolk County.
Sergeant Kenneally has overcome great adversity. His return to work was within weeks, only missing a mere 18 days of work due to his illness, while constantly maintaining a positive attitude to his peers and the public. He has continued to serve with competence, professionalism and efficiency.
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