Bloomfield Pulls Together In Wake Of Losing Native Son
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh police bagpipers played “Amazing Grace” in the middle of Liberty Avenue as the people of Bloomfield stood on the sidewalk behind them, paying tribute once more to the fallen officer and native son Paul Sciullo II.
It’s been two full years since Sciullo, Stephen Mayhle and Eric Kelly were killed during a standoff in Stanton Heights, but the hurt endures.
“Everybody feels it everyday,” Deborah Sheaffer said. “It’s something that’s never going to go away.”
The region reeled from the senseless loss in Stanton Heights that day, but in Bloomfield, the community took it as a death in the family.
“Bloomfield is family and it’s a close-knit family,” Gloria LeDonne said.
To this day, Bloomfield has responded as a family would by holding tributes, dedications and spearheading the effort to raise money for the memorial sculpture and garden.
“Bloomfield is Bloomfield and the people here we stick together,” LeDonne said. “We’ll support our own and we’ll do what we can for our community.”
The loss of officer Scuillo and the two other officers remains a deep wound in Bloomfield, but like all tight-knit families, the community remains united in its support for one another.