PENN HILLS (KDKA) – A Penn Hills neighborhood was lit up by the flashing lights in the middle of the night when crews were called on to rescue a man who had fallen over a steep cliff.
“Whole bunch of trucks. I didn’t know what was going on. I live here, but I am glad that the police officers and the fire officers, the fire station trucks were here because we don’t need that kind of thing in the neighborhood,” Anthony Mosco said.
Mosco came home from playing cards to find all kinds of activity outside his home in Penn Hills.
“We were called to assist the police with a gentleman that ran over a hillside — probably about 30 feet down over a hillside. Maybe had some mental issues going on,” Penn Hills Fire Chief John Capone said.
Mosco said he picked a bad place to go over the hillside along Hunter Garden Court at 2 a.m.
“He could have went down the trail, but he chose to go down this way, but that was a stupid move. The cliff is ridiculous. It is steep as can be,” Mosco said.
“It was all loose dirt and sand that had fallen over and it’s a pretty steep cliff over there. We just slid a 28-foot ladder with some rigging and some ropes and sent a couple guys over the hill and put the gentleman into a Stokes basket and pulled him up over,” Capone said.
It turns out, the victim wasn’t the only one who had gone over the hill, but he was the only one who was hurt.
“You fall 30 feet you are [going to] be hurt, and one of the police officers was down there with him who also slid over the hill, but was uninjured,” Capone said.
The victim was taken to an area hospital for observation but is expected to be okay.