Thursday, April 9, 2009
Thousands of Police officers from across the country turned out to pay their last respects to the three Pittsburgh Police Officers killed in the line of duty Saturday April 4th. The "End Of Watch" memorial began with the flag draped caskets of Stephen Mayhle, Eric Kelly and Paul Sciullo were met by officers lining the road up to the Peterson Event Center and the steps leading to the main entrance. The remains proceeded into the center with a series of bagpipe bands and were placed before the stage. Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl described the city as one in grief and shock. He remembered the lives of each slain officer individually noting their love for their family and for their job. Pittsburgh Police Chief Nathan Harper noted how the beautiful spring morning Saturday quickly turned "hideous." He says that day will always be remembered as the darkest day for the Pittsburgh Police force but today will be remembered as the day the healing began. Deputy Chief Paul Donaldson says the men who died and the two officers who were injured have redefined the word "valor" forever. Family members took to the stage to remember their family members and to thank Pittsburghers for their support over the last week.
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