PITTSBURGH, PA (Oct. 30, 2019) -- The Northview Heights Public Safety Center has been renamed after late Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Officer Calvin Hall.
Officer Hall strove always to connect with the communities he served, and he started each shift with the words: “Time for me to make a difference.”
Those words now grace the building where Officer Hall worked until his final roll call in July. Two plaques were unveiled during a ceremony on Sunday, which would have been Officer Hall’s 37th birthday.
“We are here today to celebrate the life of Calvin Hall, and also to dedicate a building where he worked,” said Pittsburgh Police Sgt. Joe Lewis, who leads the Officer Calvin M. Hall Public Safety Center. “He made a difference in multiple people’s lives, including mine and including every person who’s standing here now.”
About 100 people attended the ceremony, including city leaders, Police Command Staff, Northview Heights residents, Zone 1 Commander Christopher Ragland and Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich.
“Working this substation requires a hands-on, community-focused approach as this a neighborhood that has been underserved for years,” Hissrich said. “But it’s exactly where Officer Hall wanted to be. He dedicated himself to building bridges. He truly did make a difference.”
Mayor William Peduto noted that the community lost an exemplary officer far too early.
“Calvin Hall dedicated his life to public safety, and I hope a lot of the young ones here today will consider doing the same,” Mayor Peduto said.
The safety center officially opened on Dec. 4, 2018. Created in collaboration with the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh and the Buhl Foundation’s One Northside Initiative, the safety center serves residents of Northview Heights and Allegheny Dwellings. It is designed to improve quality of life for residents and to strengthen relationships between the community and the officers who serve them.
It is fitting that the building is now named after Officer Hall, who specifically requested an assignment at the substation because of his passion for community police work.
“He left an indelible mark on his brother and sister officers, as well as the community he served,” Police Chief Scott Schubert said. “He was known for his quick smile, ever-optimistic attitude and for his career-long focus on community policing. He was a model officer. He made it a priority to connect with residents, and succeeded in doing so."