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Man killed trying to save teenager

Published: Sat, May 15, 2010 @ 6:04 p.m.

portersville, pa. (aP)

Authorities say a man fell to his death around 7 p.m. Friday while trying to rescue a teenager who had fallen off the rim of a waterfall in McConnells Mill State Park.

State police in New Castle say two teenage girls were near Kildoo Falls when a 17-year-old slipped and fell into the water.

Her 16-year-old friend alerted several men on motorcycles who were nearby.

Police say 47-year-old Donald Spillane of Cranberry Township tried to climb down to reach the girl but slipped and fell about 20 feet onto rocks below.

Rescue crews tried to revive him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Rescuers eventually rescued the girl, who was flown to UPMC Presbyterian. Officials said she was expected to survive.


1Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

How sad, what a wonderful person trying to help.

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2auz2(7 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Proof that there are good people in this world. God bless Donald.

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3justonevoice(94 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

What a courageous man. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

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4Bassets3(3 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

God bless this mans family. He was a great person for trying to help this young lady. I hope her family is greatful for what he tried to do for their family. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this time.

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