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May 18th, 2009
11:10 AM ET

Police Officer/Hero: Kelly, Sciullo, Mayhle

Ofc. Eric Kelly/Pittsburgh Bureau of Police

Ofc. Eric Kelly/Pittsburgh Bureau of Police

On Saturday, April 4, the city of Pittsburgh was stunned by the deaths of three police officers - killed on a domestic dispute call.

Officer Eric Kelly was headed home after his overnight shift, when he detoured to the scene for backup. He had 14 years on the force.

Ofc. Paul Sciullo III/Pittsburgh Bureau of Police

Ofc. Paul Sciullo III/Pittsburgh Bureau of Police

Officers Paul Sciullo and Stephen Mayhle were newer - two years each - but no less devoted to the job. Their supervisor remembers both were always early, ready to start their shift, and "just loved being cops".

Ofc. Stephen Mayhle/Pittsburgh Bureau of Police

Ofc. Stephen Mayhle/Pittsburgh Bureau of Police

We honor the sacrifice of Officers Kelly, Sciullo, and Mayhle as part of our team's special coverage of National Police Week.

Filed under: Kyra Phillips • Police Officer/Hero
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. scott stodden

    It is such a shame and so sad that these officers lost there lives while doing there jobs. They are true American hero's, out condolences go out to these officers and there families as they suffer the loss of these great men.

    May 18, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  2. RJ

    What a tragedy with what happened to these 3 officers. We all have to understand that these officers did volunteer to become cops and they knew the risks. While we honor these three cops we should also be looking into police reform and how they interact with citizens of this country. Tasers are killing people and its useage should be stopped immediately! Police will tell you theres nothing wrong with tasers and they have been tasered themselves as part of their training. Well 2 or 3 seconds of getting zapped is a far cry from 20 to 30 seconds and then it being repeated several times, cops dont have to go through that kind of training and if they did they would be having deaths as well and then they would stop this practice. Problem is cops dont want to have to do their jobs like they used to have to. They dont want to have to tackle a guy and subdo him that way they want to stand back and zap you till you dont move, well thats called being lazy! Its time for this country to have law enforcement reform, rules and practices need to be reviewed and some programs need to be outlawed and some need to be made common practice. First and foremost we need a real Internal Affairs Dept.`s that arent connected with police departments and have the power to investigate these cops so the public can feel assured that they are NOT above the law and that they have to conduct themselves within the guidelines of the law. This countries had enough of rogue cops and its time we served the public the way they should be served!

    May 18, 2009 at 1:14 pm |
  3. Paul

    Congratulations to CNN for its coverage of National Police Week. It's about time that someone took the lead in trying to point out the thanklessness of the Police job and the tremendous sacrifice that these "men in blue" make. They leave home for work, kiss their wives, significant others, and children and wonder if they will ever see them again. While not foremost in their minds, the thought of their mortality is never far away – the strapping on of their gunbelt is a common reminder. These men are heroes – they are fallible and human, subject to the failures we all face – but nevertheless, heroes. Those who fall to the violence of the street need remembrance if that is the only thanks we can give.

    Thank you again for the splendid idea. Keep up the great work.

    May 19, 2009 at 10:49 am |

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