New Castle News
NEW CASTLE —
Editor, The News:
I had the privilege of being one of the altar servers for the funeral Mass for Shenango Township police officer William J. McCarthy IV, who lost his life in the line of duty on May 2.
There were hundreds of police cars filled with hundreds of police officers who went and joined family and friends of McCarthy to pay their respects and say their last goodbyes.
As I looked out I saw many officers whom I had dealt with as a former member of the Lawrence County district attorney’s office and those whom I dealt with as a defense attorney. But what I was most aware of were the young faces of the officers from different police forces from Lawrence County, Pennsylvania State Police and others from parts of Pennsylvania and other states.
All of these men and women are placing themselves in harm’s way each day to protect and serve us on a local, state and federal level.
I was taught by my parents at a young age to respect the police, to look for a police officer whenever I needed help. I have always tried to show this respect throughout my life, even at times while defending a client in court.
Many of us today look at the police in a different manner. Many complain if stopped for speeding, going 55 in a 35 mph zone or being cited for another violation.
Not wanting to admit our wrong, we take out our hostility on the officer and exhibit nothing but disrespect.
The purpose of this letter is to remind us not to wait until the time we pay our last respects to a police officer or others who serve the community, but to show our respect for them every day and whenever possible, say thank you.
Anthony J. Kosciuszko