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Department of Public Safety Statement on Line of Duty Death of Penn Hills Paramedic

PITTSBURGH, PA (November 28, 2022) -- The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety offers its deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Nicholas A. Theofilis of Penn Hills Emergency Medical Services who was killed in the line of duty as the result of a collision in the Shadyside neighborhood overnight.

"This tragic incident underscores the dangers first responders face each and every day on the job. No call is an ordinary call and paramedics, police, and firefighters put the lives of strangers ahead of their own as they serve their fellow residents without question or hesitation. Pittsburgh Public Safety supports Penn Hills EMS during this extremely difficult time," said Public Safety Director Lee Schmidt.

The Pittsburgh Bureau of EMS responded and transported three patients from the collision. 

"As Chief of Pittsburgh EMS, this hits hard. The loss of one of our brothers or sisters in the emergency medical services field is a loss for all of us. The Pittsburgh Bureau of EMS is feeling this deeply. We are reminded of the fragility of life on a daily basis and this tragedy is no exception. We stand with Penn Hills EMS and offer our heartfelt sympathies and ongoing support as the department mourns one of its own," said Pittsburgh EMS Chief Ronald Romano.

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Cara Cruz
Public Information Officer
Public Safety