North Fayette honors man who stopped shooter

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North Fayette officials tonight honored Gerald Maroni, who in March stopped a gunman at the Fort Pitt Inn.

Mr. Maroni saved lives by tackling and pinning down the shooter until police arrived, taking a bullet in the process, supervisors' Chairman Jim Morosetti said.

Police Chief Mark O'Donnell read from a letter of special commendation: "Gerald's act of extreme bravery and courage in this instance saved the lives of others while placing himself in imminent jeopardy. We commend him for his actions, and we would like him to know his act of heroism was greatly appreciated by the township of North Fayette and his community."

Mr. Maroni, 61, a retired steel worker, was brought to tears by the recognition: "I don't know what to say."

"You don't have to say anything, buddy," Mr. Morosetti said. "You showed it."

On March 11, David Mazzocco, 25, of Imperial shot two people in the head, killing a 29-year-old man, police said. He then shot at Mr. Maroni three times -- grazing his face and hitting his right arm--before Mr. Maroni stopped him.

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Andrea Iglar, freelance writer: suburbanliving@post-gazette.com First Published October 8, 2013 6:17 PM


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