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Pleasant Hills promotes officers, honors others for service

| Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 1:11 a.m.

Pleasant Hills council voted to promote three police officers to sergeant on Monday.

At the meeting, Mayor Warren Bourgeois swore in 17-year veteran Bryan Frankenfeld and 11-year veterans Scott Madar and James Lauso to their new positions.

Bourgeois said his borough is “very fortunate” to have six officers considered by the Civil Service Commission for the three openings.

Each has various roles with the force. Frankenfeld and Lauso are Drug Abuse Resistance Education teachers, respectively, at Pleasant Hills Middle and McClellan Elementary schools.

At the middle school, police Chief Ed Cunningham recently took part in his last DARE graduation before he retires at year's end. Cunningham was involved in DARE for 19 years, teaching more than 10,000 students. He was cited in proclamations from state Sen. Matt Smith, D-Mt. Lebanon, and Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Dravosburg.

Two officers were cited by Bourgeois for recent cases. Officer Gary Barr was honored for assisting West Mifflin police seeking an armed robber by tracking down the suspect's vehicle. Officer Jason Woleslagle was honored for assisting Pittsburgh police and the Penguin hockey club break up a ring handling counterfeit Pens' tickets.

Council approved permanent employment for officer Stephen Onorad after a year's probation.

For summer employment, Matthew Davis, Michael Moeslein and Dominic Presto were hired by the public works department while Brian Baldrige and Gene Michael were hired by the Pleasant Hills Authority.

The authority is looking for a new superintendent. Councilman William Trimbath said Gary Stetar tendered his resignation effective at the end of June.

Baldwin EMS Chief William Plunkett said capital campaign mailings were sent out on Monday to homes in Pleasant Hills, Baldwin, West Mifflin and Whitaker.

He said his crews handled 100 calls last month including 70 for life-threatening problems with average response time of 5.4 minutes.

He said Baldwin EMS was honored by organizers of the Pittsburgh Marathon for assisting with 147 patients, including 33 needing critical care.

His crews couldn't save one patient, who “literally collapsed in the presence of one of our crew members,” the Baldwin EMS chief said.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office later said Kyle Chase Johnson, 23, a North Hills native, died of an inherited abnormality of his coronary artery system.

Plunkett said Lt. Susan Wiedenheft will be honored on June 5 by McKeesport Hospital Foundation for her role in that agency's annual distribution of flu shots.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or pcloonan@tribweb.com.

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