A Cop Has a Stroke While Responding to a Call. Is That An On-duty Injury?

Dec. 1, 2019


Buffalo Police Officer Tony DiSarno, left, with his family: daughter Taylor, wife Kathy DiSarno and son Nick. 

Buffalo Police Officer Tony DiSarno was responding to a fight call in the Ferry-Fillmore District at around noon June 28 when he pulled up to the scene and got out of the patrol car. A rookie cop on his first day on the job was with him.

Then DiSarno did something strange – he got right back in the cruiser, closed the door, locked it and began staring off while rubbing his legs.

“He’s not the type to sit in a car during a call,” said DiSarno’s wife, Kathy, who is also a Buffalo police officer.

It quickly became apparent that something was very wrong. Once fellow officers were able to get the door open, DiSarno got out and collapsed. His officers threw him into the back of a patrol car and drove him to the hospital.

“It was a stroke,” Kathy DiSarno said. “A brain bleed. A pretty significant one.”
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