Teen rescued from Elizabeth bridge talks to Channel 11



WEST ELIZABETH, Pa. - Emergency crews in West Elizabeth rescued a teenager who was stuck under a bridge late Friday afternoon.

Officials said a 14-year-old boy got stuck on the catwalk of the Elizabeth Bridge for about two hours after climbing through a crawl hole under the bridge.

Dom Sciarretti told Channel 11 that he climbed the bridge because he got bored while fishing with friends. He then got caught below his waist on a bolt going through a beam.

Crews used a large ladder and ropes to bring Sciarretti to safety.

Chief Alvin Henderson, with Allegheny County Emergency Services said, "Local responders came out, assessed the situation, provided immediate first aid to the victim and then called for additional support for rope rescue equipment, being it was basically a high-angle rescue situation in a confined space incident as well.”

Sciarretti said, “They put two-by-fours underneath me so I could stand, and they pulled me out of the hole that I got in with harnesses and stuff and we went down on the ladder to the truck.”

According to officials, a firefighter suffered an unrelated medical emergency during the rescue and was transported to Jefferson Hospital. The name and condition of the injured firefighter has not been released.

State Road 51 was closed in both directions due to the rescue and remained closed until all emergency vehicles could be moved.

Sciarretti’s father, Kirk Sciarretti, said, “I just want to give a shout out to all these people because they all came in there on a mission and they got at it and hit hard, and it was impressive to see how they got him and saved him.”

Allegheny County tweeted this message to first responders: