Cranberry police Cpl. Dan Hahn only has flashes of memory from the snowy night he was severely injured after falling 24 feet from a highway overpass while chasing a suspect.
“I remember falling over the bridge, but I don’t remember landing,” said Hahn, 48, of Jackson in Butler County. “Then I recall opening my eyes briefly and seeing cops and paramedics standing around me. But after that, my next memory is opening my eyes and seeing my dad standing there. It was three weeks later.”
The suspect Hahn was chasing, Thomas Booth, 22, of Volant, died from the injuries he suffered when he jumped from the overpass.
The 20-mile, high-speed pursuit began when Booth attempted to elude Sewickley Heights police, who were investigating a report of a drunken driver. His car was disabled by road spikes placed on Interstate 79 near the Evans City exit.
On Tuesday, Hahn and the emergency medical responders from Harmony EMS who tended to his injuries on Feb. 14 were honored at PNC Park through the “Great Saves” program sponsored by the Pirates and West Penn Allegheny Health System.
Recognized with Hahn prior to the game against the Milwaukee Brewers were paramedics Travis Hermann, 34, of New Brighton, and Ryan Mann, 23, of Zelienople; emergency medical technician Terri Raisley, 44, of Portersville; EMS supervisor Brian Greenawalt, 24, of Zelienople; and the emergency medical service’s director, Jay Grinnell, 58, of Jackson.
Hahn suffered injuries including a broken sternum and ribs, torn cartilage in his right shoulder, a concussion and several back fractures. He has begun walking with a cane and vows to return to work.
Hahn praised the emergency responders who helped him, saying “they were on their A game that night — God bless them.”
“The love and outpouring of support that I’ve received from the community has really kept me going. But these folks (the emergency responders) don’t get a lot of credit for the work they do. So I’m really excited about being out here tonight with them.”
Mann said it was an honor to have been able to help Hahn.
“We know the danger officers face when they go to work, so you never want to see somebody involved in public safety get hurt,” he said. “It’s been fantastic seeing the results of his physical therapy, to see him up and walking around again and talking about returning to work.”