McKeesport cop has heart attack at courthouse |

McKeesport cop has heart attack at courthouse

McKeesport police are hailing the efforts of two Allegheny County sheriff’s deputies who revived a local officer after he suffered an apparent heart attack in the county courthouse.

Police did not release the name of the 43-year-old officer who fell in a stairwell between the first and second floors as he was leaving the building at around 11 a.m. Monday, but police Chief Bryan Washowich said, “We’re very fortunate for the first responders who acted accordingly and saved his life.”

“We’re grateful,” the chief added.

Washowich said the officer had remarked he was feeling ill and said he had to excuse himself shortly before the attack.

Allegheny County Sheriff William Mullen said deputies Anthony Fratto and Scott McCarthy used CPR and a portable defibrillator device to revive the stricken officer.

The officer cut his head when he fell.

Mullen said the officer had no heartbeat and was barely breathing when deputies began administering CPR.

The officer was taken to UPMC Mercy for treatment.

A few hours after the attack occurred, Washowich said of the officer, “He’s in good spirits and doing well.”

Washowich said the officer has worked for the department for 15 years.

A spokesman for the American Red Cross Southwestern Pennsylvania Chapter hailed Fratto, who was putting skills to use he teaches.

“Deputy Anthony Fratto is also an American Red Cross CPR instructor,” spokesman Brian Knavish said.

“He teaches Red Cross CPR, first aid and (automated external defibrillator) lifesaving skills to hundreds of people each year.”

Tribune-Review News Service contributed to this report.

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