Pittsburgh Police Officer Calvin Hall Funeral Held At Soldiers And Sailors

Hall was buried Tuesday at Homewood Cemetery

July 23, 2019 - 2:22 pm
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Pittsburgh Police Officer Calvin Hall has been laid to rest following and emotional funeral service at Soldiers and Sailors Hall in Oakland Tuesday afternoon.

Officer Hall’s family spent the morning alone inside to have some quite time alone.

Hundreds of Police vehicles drove in a Procession along Fifth Avenue in Oakland while dozens of spectators watched from across the street.

 

The service began with a processional by the Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums.

The National Anthem was then sung by Sergeant Elizabeth Merkel.

Reverend Earlene Coleman said that while Officer Hall was technically off duty the night he was shot, a police officer is never really “off duty”.

She also described the part of Hall’s uniform you couldn’t see on him, his caring heart.

Mayor Bill Peduto talked about how Officer Hall wasn’t just in law enforcement, he also worked to bring the community together. He also thanked Hall’s family for sharing him with the city.

Public safety director Wendell Hissrich described Hall as a role model.

An emotional Officer Reggie Eiland, Hall’s partner, said he lost more than a partner, he lost a brother.

Eiland never left Hall’s room at the hospital after he was shot.

Hall’s brother Curtis read a passage and his father Curtis Washington played guitar and sang a song that he had wrote and revisited for his son’s funeral, “I Loved You Before”.

Hall’s casket draped with an American Flag was carried down the steps by seven Pittsburgh Police serving as Pallbears. It was put in the back of the hearse where a procession led by his personal squad car made its way to Homewood cemetery, where he was buried.

The back of the funeral program had a quote from Hall on it that read, “Gotta go. Time for me to make a difference.”