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February 24, 2014

Two honored for life-saving actions

NEW CASTLE — A Neshannock Township policeman and a passer-by were recognized this week for their heroic efforts.

Officer Shawn Hill and Mike DiMuccio were given proclamations signed by the Neshannock supervisors, acknowledging they had risked their lives to rescue a young township resident.

On Feb. 12, the two men were the first to arrive at a house fire at 1245 Kings Chapel Road.

They assisted Jennifer Bees in pulling her unconscious son, James Cross, 16, from a bedroom window of the burning house.

Cross remains in critical condition in Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh.

DiMuccio was not present at the supervisors meeting to receive his award, which recognized his efforts in the service of others.

However, Hill accepted his award from the supervisors and was recognized by the police department with a second commendation and the department’s Life-Saving Medal, presented by Lt. John Rand, officer in charge.

The police and supervisors also thanked the Neshannock Township Volunteer Fire Department and other fire departments and emergency services that had responded. They included Mahoning and Pulaski townships and New Wilmington and South New Castle boroughs.

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