• Police officers play Santa at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

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    PITTSBURGH - Police officers played Santa on Friday, delivering toys to children at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

    Lights were flashing and sirens were blaring in Lawrenceville as a caravan of police cruiser screeched into the hospital.

    Police from dozens of departments unloaded bag after bag of toys.  The lobby was soon filled with gifts.

    “For us, this is Christmas.  Give a little back,” said Deputy Jason Tarap.

    Aspinwall officer Dave Nemec started the program Presents from Police. 

    “Everybody can take pride, and every child gets a bag of presents on Christmas Day,” said Nemec.

    Johnny Palmieri, who has a bone marrow disorder, got his gifts a few days early.

    “I got a Nerf gun a backpack,” said Palmieri.


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