Mayor Peduto Thanks Public Safety Personnel and Honors EMS Assistant Chief Mark Pinchalk

PITTSBURGH, PA (May 6, 2020) Mayor William Peduto today thanked workers at the Department of Public Safety for all their service during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and gave special recognition to the City’s lead planner for the pandemic, Emergency Medical Services Assistant Chief Mark Pinchalk. 

The Mayor named today “Mark E. Pinchalk Day” in the City of Pittsburgh, and issued him the Mayor Sophie Masloff Employee of the Month Award. 

Under Mayor Peduto’s direction Pinchalk and Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich began planning for the pandemic in January, focusing on protecting residents as well as City workers on the front lines.  

The Mayor today issued this chart laying out City actions to prepare for COVID-19 and the moves the City has made to date. Such actions will continue as Pittsburgh slowly emerges from its shutdown and businesses, workers and residents are ultimately allowed to safely resume some activities. 

Pinchalk led efforts to not only respond to the pandemic on a day-to-day basis but also to issue strategic planning in the midst of Public Safety’s response. He authored this COVID-19 Prehospital Infection Guidelines book for EMS. 

A copy of the proclamation honoring Pinchalk is available here. 



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Timothy McNulty
Communications Director
Mayor's Office