In the Mon Valley borough of Charleroi, where most of the steel mills have all closed, a plain brick building still heeds the call “made in America.”
Rankin Police Chief Ryan Wootan is on patrol in the Hawkins Village housing community where his underpaid, skeletal police force makes nightly sweeps for guns and drugs. With 72 homicides already this year, the county murder rate has almost surpassed last year’s total of 74. And for the first time, most of those have occurred outside the City of Pittsburgh.
A man accused of trying to run over police during a chase has been arrested. David Ausburn, 24, is facing attempted homicide charges.
The Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office has filed charges against a contractor from the Mon Valley.
As a part-time police officer in Rankin, C.L. Gunter makes a little more than $9 an hour — pretty much the standard wage in the cash-strapped towns of the Mon Valley.
They put their lives on the line for their towns every day and night, but police officers in the Mon Valley can’t make a living wage.
To Rankin police officer Rich Adams, police work is not just a job – it’s a vocation. That’s why he’s willing to work part-time and patrol these streets for $9.05 an hour.