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Fallen Hero

Less than a month after City of Pittsburgh Police Officer Stephen Mayhle ’02 was killed in the line of duty, the IUP Council of Trustees adopted the memorial resolution reproduced below.

Resolution in Memory of Stephen J. Mayhle

Trustees’ Vice Chair Susan Delaney, left, and President Tony Atwater presented it to Mayhle’s widow, Shandra; his mother, Marjorie; his father, Ronald; and his daughters, Brooklynn and Jennifer.

Resolution in Memory of Stephen J. Mayhle

WHEREAS, the Indiana University of Pennsylvania community, like all of Western Pennsylvania, was horrified by the events of April 4, 2009, that took the lives of Stephen J. Mayhle and two other City of Pittsburgh police officers;

WHEREAS, Officer Mayhle was a 2002 graduate of IUP’s Criminology Program; a serious and excellent student who distinguished himself in the classroom; a devoted husband, father, and son; and a native of Indiana County;

WHEREAS, Officer Mayhle, who turned twenty-nine the day before his death, responded on April 4 with Officer Paul J. Sciullo II to a call for assistance and both, with Officer Eric G. Kelly, were slain in a senseless and unwarranted act;

WHEREAS, Officer Mayhle conducted himself with courage and valor as he and his fellow officers sought to serve and protect the people of the City of Pittsburgh;

WHEREAS, the gallant and heroic actions of Officer Mayhle have inspired pride in members of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania community as well as deep sorrow at his sacrifice;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Council of Trustees of Indiana University of Pennsylvania expresses its deep and abiding regard for Stephen J. Mayhle and extends its heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and fellow officers.

Approved this first day of May 2009.