Pittsburgh Police Officers Save Fellow Officer

Pittsburgh Police Officers Save Fellow Officer

Authorities are crediting two Allegheny County deputies for saving a McKeesport officer's life at the City County Building in downtown Pittsburgh on Monday. According to officials, Officer Todd Gebis fell down a set of stairs after going into cardiac arrest.

Deputies Anthony Fratto and Scott McCarthy were nearby and gave Gebis CPR while they waited for paramedics to arrive.

Another deputy grabbed an automated external defibrillator (AED), which the men used on the officer to revive him, police said.

The deputies said, at one point, Gebis wasn’t breathing and did not have a pulse.

“We did what we were trained to do,” said Fratto, a CPR instructor for the Red Cross. “We do it on a daily basis. It's not always as extreme, but I guess we don't feel that we deserve the cameras and the lights.”

Gebis was taken to a nearby hospital, where he is listed in stable condition.

Two years ago, Fratto applied for and received a grant to help pay for more defibrillators in the City County building.

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