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Central Catholic to Retire the Jersey of Officer Paul Sciullo

by Jason Seidling / Pittsburgh Penguins
A victory in Super Bowl XLIII on Feb. 1 and the celebration of a Stanley Cup championship on June 12 once again made Pittsburgh the “City of Champions” in 2009. Between those two joyous occasions, one of the darkest days in our city’s history took place on April 4.

While responding to a domestic disturbance in the Stanton Heights section of the city, three police officers, Paul Sciullo II, Stephen Mayhle and Eric Kelly lost their lives in one of the deadliest days in the history of the Pittsburgh Police Department.

On Friday, Dec. 18, the Pittsburgh Central Catholic Hockey team, for whom Sciullo laced up the skates from 1988-91, will honor Sciullo’s memory by retiring his No. 20 in a pregame ceremony at the Blade Runners Ice Complex in Harmarville, Pa.

Central Catholic is donating their portion of the gate to the Paul J. Sciullo II Memorial Fund. The fund provides financial assistant to students, especially those from Bloomfield, where Sciullo was raised, who need help with the expense of tuition.

The ceremony is set to begin promptly at 8 p.m. in the USA Rink prior to the Vikings taking on Pine-Richland at 8:30 p.m. ESPN Radio 1250 and WTAE’s Guy Junker will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.

Central Catholic has made up an identical jersey to match the one worn by Sciullo when he served as the Vikings’ captain during the 1991 season. The jersey will be on display throughout the game Friday night before being moved to its permanent location within the halls of Central Catholic’s Oakland campus. A banner will also be unveiled by Augie Carlino, a family friend of the Sciullo family, which will hang behind one of the nets at the Blade Runners facility.

"Central Catholic High School strives to develop men of faith, scholarship and service,” said Scott Brown, President of the Central Catholic High School Hockey Club. “Paul J. Sciullo lived those ideals every day of his life. He served the city of Pittsburgh selflessly and with immense pride. When Central Catholic students pass by Paul’s retired jersey, which will be placed in the school’s hallway 30 or 40 years from now, we hope that they will be inspired by his valor and integrity.”

Following the unveiling of Sciullo’s banner and jersey, Max Sciullo, Paul’s father, will give a commemorative speech while flowers are presented to Mrs. Sciullo and Paul’s sisters from Central Catholic captain John Wyda and alternate captain Charlie Kerr.

The ceremony will conclude with an invocation from Brother Richard Grzeskiewicz followed by the singing of the national anthem by the Central Catholic choir.

Organizers of this event are expecting a strong turnout from the local Pittsburgh Police Department, particularly from Zone 5, where Sciullo served for two years.

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