Community continues support for Giacomino family, paralyzed Osseo officer


Osseo (WQOW) – It’s been more than two months since a slip in the pool left Osseo officer Shane Giacomino paralyzed.

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His accident left behind a large amount of debt. But the community is relentless in their efforts to help.

“The community has been wonderful,” said Nickol Giacomino, Shane’s wife. “Friends and family, without their support, this would have not happened today.”

On Sunday, locals gathered for a benefit at the Osseo Golf Club, to help the Giacomino family put a dent in the nearly $30,000 of debt weighing on their shoulders. The money raised will help pay for medical and equipment expenses.

“I think it’s just a great community event and effort for the community to come out and support a fellow citizen,” said Jim Cialdini of Osseo.

Caildini is one of many guests who doesn’t personally know Shane but wanted to go to the benefit anyway. Caildini said it’s important for community members to rally behind their neighbors, and that is exactly what happened.

“I don’t recognize at least half of these people,” said Shane. “I don’t know a lot of these people that have come today. It’s humbling. I can’t believe it.”

Shane’s family was also surprised by the overwhelming support.

“I never knew this many people really cared about my dad,” said Hannah, Shane’s daughter. “How loved he is. I knew that he had lots of support and he was well-known around here. But not this many people.”

As for Shane’s recovery efforts, he said the therapy has been difficult, but he has made some progress.

“A couple of weeks ago, my fingers started moving,” said Shane. “So, whatever I get back, I’ll work with. My family is here to help me out. And we’ll get by. And we’ll figure it out. And I’m hoping to get back to work someday.”

All in all, Shane wanted to share his appreciation.

“I know I am not going to be able to say thank you personally to everybody here, because it’s just so hard,” said Shane. “There are so many people coming out. It’s so great. So, I just want to say to everybody that’s helped me and my family out, ‘Thank you. God bless you all. I appreciate it more than anything.”

If you wish to donate to the Giacomino family, you can visit their GoFundMe page or drop off a donation at the Osseo United Bank.

The bank account is under ‘Helping Shane’.

Shannon Hoyt

Shannon Hoyt

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