Allegheny Health Network, Pittsburgh Pirates Honor Emergency Medical Services Providers for Response to Franklin Regional Stabbings

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Murrysville Area EMS Personnel Recognized in On-Field Ceremony Before Tonight’s Pirates Game at PNC Park

April 9 began as a beautiful spring day at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville. Suddenly at 7:13 a.m. everything changed. An attacker armed with a pair of 8-inch kitchen knives senselessly stabbed and slashed 22 students and faculty members in the school's crowded hallways.

EMS personnel were on the scene in minutes, treating and transporting the most critically injured students from the school to Forbes Hospital’s Trauma Center and other area hospitals. At least four of the students injured were considered critical and were in need of immediate life sustaining treatment. Today, all students are well on their way to a complete recovery.

What: Since 2009, Allegheny Health Network’s “Great Saves” campaign has honored local EMS professionals and other first response teams for their prompt, expert, life-saving work. Tonight, those who responded to the April 9 Franklin Regional stabbings will be honored.

Who: Representing the many EMS personnel who responded that day are: Darrick Gerano, Executive Director, Murrysville Medic One; Dan Mertz, Director, Oklahoma EMS; Dr. Bill Jenkins, Excela Health System; Bob Twaddle, Paramedic, Forbes Hospital Response Unit; Kate Morgan, Paramedic, Ron Shaffer, EMT, Barry Karelitz, Paramedic, and Donna Durstine, EMT, all from Murrysville Medic One; TJ Dailey, Paramedic; James Locke, EMT, and Sydney Richardson, EMT, all from Monroeville EMS. They’ll be welcomed by Christoph Kaufmann, MD, Medical Director of Forbes Hospital’s Trauma Department.

When and Where: 6:30 p.m., Friday, May 23, prior to the start of the Pittsburgh Pirates-Washington Nationals game at PNC Park.


Bob Twaddle, Allegheny Health Network
(412) 812-6917
Terry Rodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates
(412) 325-4782

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