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Quick-thinking Citizens, Police Officer Save Woman from Allegheny River

Date: March 31, 2020
Incident Type: Unusual
Location: Zone 1

Pittsburgh Police from Zone 1 responded to a 911 call for someone who had fallen into the Allegheny River near the World War II memorial at around 1:30 p.m. on March 30.

A woman, who had been exercising along the riverwalk, lost her balance and fell into the water. She had been with a group of friends who were ahead of her and did not see her fall.

Meantime, two women who were walking their dogs on a grassy area nearby heard faint cries for help and followed them down to the riverwalk where they found the woman clinging to the side of the wall.

One of the women took her dog's leash and wrapped it around the woman in the water to help hold on to her while the other woman called 911. They also called out to a nearby couple to help them pull her out, but the group was unsuccessful.

When a Zone 1 Pittsburgh Police officer arrived he was able to get a better footing and rescue her from the water. The woman had suffered a severely broken ankle during the fall and was transported by medics to the hospital for treatment.



Reporting PIO:
Cara Cruz