TribLIVE

| News


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Ceremony honors memory of three Pittsburgh officers killed in shooting

James Knox | Tribune-Review - Police officers salute during a wreath laying ceremony on Friday, April 4, 2014 in memory of the the three fallen Pittsburgh Police officers from Zone 5. Officers Eric Kelly, Stephen Mayhle and Paul Sciullo were killed on April 4, 2009.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>James Knox | Tribune-Review</em></div>Police officers salute during a wreath laying ceremony on Friday, April 4, 2014 in memory of the the three fallen Pittsburgh Police officers from Zone 5. Officers Eric Kelly, Stephen Mayhle and Paul Sciullo were killed on April 4, 2009.
James Knox | Tribune-Review - Officers line-up to lay a blue flower during a wreath laying ceremony Friday April 4, 2014 in memory of the the three fallen Pittsburgh Police officers from Zone 5.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>James Knox | Tribune-Review</em></div>Officers line-up to lay a blue flower during a wreath laying ceremony Friday April 4, 2014 in memory of the the three fallen Pittsburgh Police officers from Zone 5.
James Knox | Tribune-Review - Officers embrace family members of the fallen during a wreath laying ceremony Friday April 4, 2014 in memory of the the three fallen Pittsburgh Police officers from Zone 5.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>James Knox | Tribune-Review</em></div>Officers embrace family members of the fallen during a wreath laying ceremony Friday April 4, 2014 in memory of the the three fallen Pittsburgh Police officers from Zone 5.

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

Friday, April 4, 2014, 7:57 a.m.
 

Police Officers Eric Kelly, Stephen J. Mayhle and Paul J. Sciullo were remembered on Friday as peacekeepers who died five years ago while attempting to end violence in city neighborhoods.

The Rev. Regis M. Farmer called on residents to emulate that legacy during an anniversary Mass in St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church in Bloomfield, which Sciullo attended.

“The legacy they leave us is the legacy of hope that things can be better,” said Farmer, the church pastor. “They will not have died in vain if the neighborhoods in which we live become safe. Let us each take responsibility for our own little part of the world. Let us each this day make an effort to recreate the world in love by the way we speak and act.”

Kelly, 41, Mayhle, 29, and Sciullo, 36, were gunned down on April 4, 2009, while answering a domestic violence call at the Stanton Heights home of Richard Poplawski.

Poplawski, 27, was charged with killing the officers and engaging in a day-long gun battle with police. He was convicted in 2011 of first-degree murder and sentenced to death.

About 100 people, including city officials and friends and family of the slain officers, attended the Mass. Earlier in the day, Pittsburgh police honored the officers during a wreath-laying ceremony at the Zone 5 police station to which the three were assigned.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, who attended the church service, recalled seeing motorcycle police and ambulances in 2009 as he drove to an event in Heinz Field. He said it was a day he will never forget.

“Today, we remember that there were three officers who gave their lives protecting us,” he said. “We owe it to them to never forget them, and we owe it to their families to remind them that we're going to walk with them every step through the rest of their lives.”

Family members praised Pittsburgh police and officials for helping them cope with the tragedy. They described each anniversary of the killings as gut-wrenching.

“We lost a son, but we gained a family with the Pittsburgh police,” said Sciullo's father, Paul Sciullo Sr.

Bob Bauder is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-765-2312 or bbauder@tribweb.com.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Kentucky coach Stoops praises Steelers’ Dupree
  2. Pirates bow meekly to Reds, suffer 5th consecutive loss
  3. Starkey: Brady should be suspended
  4. Ligonier remains a community in shock from death of officer
  5. Allegheny County councilwoman Danko dies at 61
  6. Fiery Baldwin-Whitehall meeting ends after board member suffers medical issue
  7. Leechburg woman, 91, hurt resisting intruders
  8. Pittsburgh Wine Festival puts accent on social aspects of wine
  9. Filthy dogs rescued from Lower Burrell home
  10. Legal woes mount for Monessen drug convict
  11. West Elizabeth considers road salt purchase policy