CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — There was an outpouring of support today for a local police officer who was critically injured while chasing a drunk driving suspect last month.
Corporal Dan Hahn, of the Cranberry Police Department, fell more than 20 feet from an overpass on Interstate 79. He’s been through several operations since then.
So, on Thursday, his friends and colleagues held a blood drive in his honor.
“We’re trying to get the community together in a worthy cause, not only to support Dan, but for others in need of life giving blood,” said Lt. Kevin Meyer, of the Cranberry Township police.
The police department hosted the Red Cross Blood Drive in the name of Cpl. Hahn.
On Feb. 14, Cpl. Hahn suffered critical injuries when he and a suspect he was chasing on foot tumbled 22 feet off an overpass on I-79. Both men crashed to the pavement below.
The suspect died and Cpl. Hahn battled to survive.
“He continues to improve every day; we’re in constant communication to how he’s doing,” said Lt. Meyer. “Every day is an improvement.”
“He’s a good guy, always helping people,” said Paul Hawk, of Cranberry.
Hawk, Hahn’s friend, gave blood in the name of a man who has spent the better part of his life giving to his community in big and little ways.
“I know my neighbor lost her cat and he came out looking for her,” said Hawk. “He’s very helpful.”
As for Hahn’s road to recovery, it’s a long and difficult one. But his brother in blue and true blue friends say that Danny can and will finish that journey.
“Just hang in there; you can pull through,” said Hawk. “You’re very strong.”
“We’re all looking to Danny to get the uniform back on and getting back on the job with us soon,” said Lt. Meyer.