New Castle News


January 1, 2014

Top 10 Stories, Number 1: William J. ‘Jerry’ McCarthy remembered



McCarthy was laid to rest May 8 in his home town of Grove City, after lying in state for a 12-hour watch spanning two days as fellow police officers stood guard over him at St. Vitus Church.

Hundreds of officers and troopers from multiple states, government workers, former co-workers, friends and family went to pay their respects.

On the day of his funeral, schools canceled classes and signs and marquees paying tribute and thanking McCarthy for his service dotted local highways and streets.

More than 100 cruisers, firetrucks and ambulances joined a procession that wound its way from St. Vitus Church in New Castle to the Crestview Memorial Park cemetery in Grove City.

Crowds gathered at roadsides by the hundreds, saluting as the motorcade passed, and school children waved flags as the procession went by.

Firetrucks in Shenango Township and Grove City raised their ladders and suspended flags in McCarthy’s memory as the procession wound its way through the countryside to his final destination.

According to Phillips, McCarthy’s name will be added in May to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., during national Police Memorial Week.

Two local police officers are bicycling there in his honor.

McCarthy’s name also will be added to the roll of the American Law Enforcement Museum and Hall of Fame in June in Miami, Fla.

McCarthy was working full-time as a humane officer for the Lawrence County district attorney’s office at the time of his death.

“There’s not a day that goes by still, when Jerry’s name isn’t mentioned by some officer or detective here,” Lamancusa said. “As a humane officer, he left some large shoes to fill.”


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