Slain cop recalled as 'hometown boy' who wanted to make a difference
Published: April 9, 2009
PITTSBURGH (CNS) -- Officer Paul Sciullo, one of three Pittsburgh police officers killed in the line of duty April 4, was remembered as a "hometown boy" who wanted to make a difference. Father John Dinello, pastor of Sciullo's home parish in Pittsburgh's Bloomfield neighborhood, cited Sciullo's love of life, his wish to make life better for others and his faith as key elements of the man. He had left a career in computers several years earlier to become a police officer, and he loved the work, Father Dinello said. "He wanted to make a change in the community. He wanted to make a difference. He was just the hometown boy," said the priest, pastor of Immaculate Conception/St. Joseph Parish. "There isn't anyone here who doesn't know him. Everyone loved him." Sciullo was one of three Pittsburgh police officers killed early in the morning of April 4 as they responded to a 911 call in one of the city's neighborhoods and a gunman opened fire on them from his home. The officers, in addition to Paul J. Sciullo II, 36, were Eric G. Kelly, 41, and Stephen J. Mayhle, 29.
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