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July 3, 2014

Officer honored for high school stabbing response

MURRYSVILLE — A retired school police officer has been honored for handcuffing a 16-year-old charged with stabbing 20 fellow students and a security guard at a suburban Pittsburgh high school.

Fifty-nine-year-old William “Buzz” Yakshe is one of six national recipients of the Regional Exceptional Service Award given by the National Association of School Resources Officers.

Yakshe retired in May, after helping subdue Alex Hribal (RY’-bal) following the April 9 stabbing rampage at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville. Yakshe was a Murrysville police officer assigned to the school.

He worked for the department for 20 years and had been at the school for 10.

Yakshe will receive the award at the group’s annual conference in La Quinta, California, later this month.

Hribal is awaiting trial on charges including attempted homicide and aggravated assault.


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