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Naugatuck Police Officer Takes First Steps After Hit-and-Run

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2022

By Caitlin Burchill •  

A Naugatuck police officer who was hit by a getaway car has made a big step in his recovery.

Lt. Mark Pettinicchi took his first steps Tuesday since the day he was hit by a speeding car trying to evade his fellow officers while he was keeping an eye on a construction site on Route 63 in November.

Five surgeries, time in the hospital, and rehab stay later, Pettinicchi has been working hard to rehabilitate both his ankles and one of his legs, crushed in the crash.

NBC Connecticut was the only news station at Gaylord Physical Therapy in Cheshire when he marked the milestone.

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