Pa. Officer Hurt in Fall Takes First Steps Since Accident

Cranberry Township Cpl. Dan Hahn is on his way to recovery. Channel 11 News was with Hahn earlier this week as he took his first steps since a devastating accident.


CRANBERRY, Pa. --

Cranberry Township Cpl. Dan Hahn is on his way to recovery. Channel 11 News was with Hahn earlier this week as he took his first steps since a devastating accident.

Hahn was seriously hurt after falling 20 feet from a highway overpass while chasing a suspect on foot on Feb. 14.

Hahn was one of several officers chasing Thomas Booth, 22, after the suspect sped away from an officer in Sewickley Heights. The chase, mostly along Interstate 79, reached speeds exceeding 100 mph, police said.

Police said they spotted Booth, of Volant, speeding, which prompted the chase.

Police said after Booth's tires were flattened with spike strips, he ran from the vehicle and jumped off a 22-foot-high overpass to Tollgate Road below in Jackson Township.

Hahn, a 21-year veteran of the force, followed and police believe neither man realized they were on an overpass when they went over the jersey barriers along the road.

Both men were flown to Pittsburgh hospitals. Hahn underwent surgery on his back and neck. Booth was pronounced dead at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.

Since the accident, Hahn has been working to make a full recovery at Harmarville Rehab. His therapist said he's nothing but a miracle.

"He works so hard every day," said Beth Stebbins.

Hahn said he spends four to six hours at therapy every day. The hardest part, Hahn said, is pushing through the pain. Hahn said he's determined to make a full recovery.

"My goal is to walk out of here and walk into my house," Hahn said. "My job is to get better and get healthy. That's what I'm doing."

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