PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — An emotion-filled ceremony as Pittsburgh Police hold an End Of Watch Call and Ceremony for fallen Officer Calvin Hall.
— KDKA (@KDKA) July 21, 2019
Hundreds of officers from every Zone in the city turned out to honor a hero and hold a last radio call for the officer shot while off-duty, trying to help and break up a fight.
Police say Officer Hall was shot three times in the back at close range. Hall succumbed to his injuries and died this week.
The grief-stricken family of Officer Hall was given a police escort to the ceremony
The grief was very heavy outside Zone One tonight during a powerful showing of fellow Pittsburgh police officers, city, community and a family whose hearts are shattered.
The family of Officer Calvin Hall was given a police escort and procession to the large crowd of fellow officers standing, waiting for the fallen officer’s ceremonial End of Watch Call.
“I thought it was incredible to see all the police officers, the mayor, and the community come together,” said Ben Talik of the North Side
The community, city leaders and family all were in attendance at Zone One adorned with black and blue bunting, a wreath with Hall’s picture alongside his patrol car.
Hall’s fiancé Angel Warren was led to his car to process the grief of losing the man that was to become her husband.
A bagpiper led the beginning of the End of Watch ceremony.
Officer Calvin Hall’s shift would have ended from working at the Northview Heights substation on the North Side at 8:00 pm and that’s exactly when the End of Watch Call took place:
DISPATCH: “Base to Unit 31H1, Officer Calvin Hall.”
A 9-1-1 dispatcher issued a call to the officer, followed by silence, and finally, as the officer fails to respond, the heartbreaking words spoken.
DISPATCH: “Badge number 4673 is out of service.”
Officers from every zone, hundreds in all saluted their fellow comrade, a well-loved community officer.
The act of violence that took the officer’s life caused immeasurable personal and public grief.
“My stomach dropped a little but there was kind of strings pulled on my heart and once I saw everyone dispersed that’s really it, that’s it,” said Colleen Dunn of the North Side.
It’s the finality of that final role call that’s so painful knowing it will be the last one.
Officers from every zone throughout the city were here tonight they also wanted to make sure all the shifts were covered at Zone One so any officer who worked with Officer Hall and wanted to be here, could.