Pittsburgh Public Safety Marks the Third Anniversary of the Tree of Life Synagogue Attack

PITTSBURGH, PA (October 27, 2021) – The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety commemorates the third anniversary of the attack on the Tree of Life Congregation in Squirrel Hill.  

On Saturday, October 27, 2018, the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in American history claimed the lives of 11 community members who gathered for worship on a cool and rainy fall morning. 

“Pittsburgh was irrevocably changed that day. The relative peace we knew and enjoyed as a city was suddenly shattered. But on the days and months that followed, people came together like never before to support one another and to heal. It was the Tree of Life tragedy where Pittsburghers truly embodied the phrase, ‘Stronger than hate,’” said Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich. 

Pittsburgh Public Safety honors the innocent men and women who lost their lives that day, and the first responders who were injured while answering the call to this senseless tragedy.  




Cara Cruz
Public Information Officer
Public Safety