New Castle News

October 26, 2013

Officer notes support in aftermath of crash

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

On May 2, Officer William Jerry McCarthy and I were involved in a crash while on duty for the Shenango Township Police Department.

We lost not only a great officer and a great friend, but we lost a hero.

McCarthy was a hero to me because no matter what kind of mood you were in when you would go to work, within minutes, Jerry would have you laughing and you would forget about what was bothering you.

We all still sit around and just start laughing at the things Jerry would say and do.

My heart goes out to Jerry’s family and there’s not a moment that goes by that I don’t wish things would have turned out different.

I’m so sorry for their loss and the pain they continue to struggle through.

I have struggled to get through the physical pain but the emotional pain has been the hardest.

If it wasn’t for the support from my family, friends, neighbors and the Shenango Township community, I would have been lost. The support from the different police departments was amazing.

Officers from different agencies still continue to show support. The Shenango school district and the local businesses have helped out so much.

I am grateful to the Shenango Township Fire Department from the bottom of my heart for everything it did for me.

My fear of being forgotten and left behind has been a battle, but Officer Randy Cook made sure I still had my coffee and some Coney Island hot dogs after being admitted back in the hospital for a blood clot in my lung.

This has been the hardest struggle of my life, but I’m glad to be back on duty and I will continue to do what Jerry and I both loved. May god bless Jerry.

Officer Michael Lynch

Shenango Township

Police Department