CLAIRTON (KDKA) — Several hundred people turned out for a candlelight vigil for injured Clairton Police Officer James Kuzak.
He was shot three times answering a home invasion call on Miller Avenue late Monday night.READ MORE: Parents Frustrated After Violent Week Across Pittsburgh Public Schools
During emotional remarks, Kuzak’s mom, Bev, asked the crowd to pray for her son. She also urged them to be supportive of police officers.
Clairton Police Chief Robert Hoffman said people who worked with Jimmy felt safe with him even though he’s only been on the job for a few weeks.READ MORE: Vigil For COVID-19 Victims Held In Westmoreland County
Father Nick Mastrangelo, a friend of Kuzak’s family, told KDKA he visited with Kuzak in the hospital and said he was joking, laughing and seemed to be good spirits
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