Public Safety Blotter Articles

Police, Fire and EMS Treat Male Trapped Under Tombstone

Date: November 26, 2019
Incident Type: Unusual
Location: Zone 3

Just after 1 p.m. there was a 911 call to 2729 S. 18th Street, St. Michael's Cemetery, for a male who had been pinned by a tombstone.

Pittsburgh Police officers from Zone 3 were first on scene to find a 47-year-old male who was on the ground underneath a tombstone that 

is estimated to weigh about 400 pounds. The stone was sitting on his back from underneath his head, down to his abdomen. His head and lower

body were not impacted.

Two police officers and another male, a civilian, were able to lift it off of the man, who was conscious and breathing. 

Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire measured his vital signs until EMS arrived.

The man was visting the cemetery with his mother when he lost his balance and he grabbed on to the tombstone, which toppled onto him.

His mother says he has special needs and is primarily non-verbal, but EMS was able to assess his condition using various tests. He had suffered some minor bruising and was transported to Mercy Hospital in stable condtion.

Reporting PIO:
Cara Cruz