By: KDKA-TV News Staff

WASHINGTON COUNTY (KDKA) – Washington County District Attorney Eugene Vittone has died following a battle with lung cancer.

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County Commissioner Diana Irey-Vaughn confirmed the news to KDKA on Saturday night.

Vittone had been the district attorney since 2012 when he was elected to the office of district attorney after 12 years of serving as the assistant district attorney.

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Prior to working as an attorney, Vittone was an EMT.

President Judge John Disalle said he and Vittone had known each other since they were 11-years-old and Vittone was passionate about his county and his work on behalf of opioid victims and fighting animal cruelty.

“Just a dedicated public servant, dedicated family man, dedicated community leader,” he said. “He was a leader in the choir for the Immaculate Conception Church, just a genuinely great guy.”

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Eugene Vittone was 61-years-old.