The Detectives’ Endowment Association, Inc. — Michael J. Palladino, President

Retired Detective Needs Assistance With Medical Bills

March 14, 2018

The DEA was notified by the daughter of a retired Detective living in Florida about the medical infirmities that have caused the family to be in desperate need of assistance. They have started a “Go Fund Me” page to help relieve their issues.

 

On January 17, 2017, retired Det. Gregory Gecewicz, who retired in 1993, underwent his second cervical spine surgery to release pain and movement in his “broken” neck. The surgery, along with his other spinal cord injuries, left him dependent on a wheelchair, and on the assistance of others to get dressed or even to do basic tasks.

 

Less than three months later, on April 9, 2017, his wife, Clementina, suffered a serious stroke that effected the left side of her brain. It caused paralysis in her right arm and leg, along with closure of her left eye, all of which has left her confined to a bed. She’s also been diagnosed with a language impairment called “aphasia” from a fall where she also broke her left arm. She now requires a nurse a minimum of three times per day, and an aid around the clock. The family insurance policy does not cover Mrs. Gecewicz’s home care or nursing requirements.

 

To make matters worse, on June 13, 2017, the Gecewicz’s home suffered a water surge, destroying approximately one half of their house, including the kitchen and other rooms. Their insurance company’s recommended contractor caused additional damage to their home. Hurricane Irma took part of their roof, destroyed their lanai, knocked down multiple trees, and part of a fence.

 

In August of 2017, their daughter Mary quit her job in order to take care of her parents fulltime. Between the funds needed for basic home repair, medical assistance, wheel chair transportation, and handicap access remodeling, the family had no option except to start a “Go Fund Me” page to plead for help.

 

Any assistance from friends and former colleagues will be greatly appreciated. You can access their “Go Fund Me” page by going to www.gofundme.com and typing in Gecewicz.

 

The DEA thanks everyone who can help.