Pittsburgh City Council has postponed all meetings for the rest of the week in reverence of three Pittsburgh Police officers who died in the line of duty Saturday morning. The council did convene today briefly to issue the following proclamation:
"WHEREAS, on the morning of Saturday April 4, 2009, Pittsburgh Police Officers Stephen J. Mayhle, Paul J. Sciullo II and Eric Kelly responded to a call for assistance due to a domestic disturbance in the Stanton Heights neighborhood of the City of Pittsburgh, performing their sworn duties to faithfully protect and serve those in need; and
WHEREAS, at the scene of the call for help, a senseless and unwarranted attack was unleashed upon them resulting in their tragic deaths and instantly taking from our community three dedicated public servants, devoted sons, loving husbands, and caring fathers, and,
WHEREAS, the fraternity of police from around the nation and world join City of Pittsburgh Police in mourning the loss of these fallen heroes, all members of that special and unique family of law enforcement officers.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Council of the City of Pittsburgh, on behalf of all the People of Pittsburgh, do hereby convey our most sincere condolences and prayers to the families of Pittsburgh Police Officer Stephen J. Mayhle, Pittsburgh Police Officer Paul J. Sciullo II and, Pittsburgh Police Officer Eric Kelly who will be missed by a grateful and broken-hearted city. They shall always be remembered for their courage, their devotion to duty and their unselfish service to all those who call the City of Pittsburgh "home."
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Council of the City of Pittsburgh does hereby declare that Pittsburgh Police Officer Stephen J. Mayhle, Pittsburgh Police Officer Paul J. Sciullo II and Pittsburgh Police Officer Eric Kelly will always and forever be remembered as Heroes of the City of Pittsburgh."
The proclamation was sponsored by all members of council and passed unanimously.