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May 1, 2014

McCarthy’s name going on national police wall

NEW CASTLE — The name of another Lawrence County police officer will be engraved on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial wall.

The monument, inscribed with names of fallen officers from throughout North America, will display the name of William J. “Jerry” McCarthy this month. Local police officers will be among those traveling to Washington, D.C., for National Police Week, May 11 to 17.

McCarthy, a part-time Shenango police officer and full-time animal control officer for the Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office, was killed in an on-duty traffic accident in New Castle May 2, 2013, while working for the township.

McCarthy’s will be one of 286 newly engraved names of officers who have died in the line of duty. His name also will be read during the role call of fallen officers at the candlelight vigil, May 13 at the memorial wall.

Two local policemen, Sgt. Chad Adams of Shenango Township and Steve Brooks of New Castle, will participate in the 300-mile Unity Tour bicycle trek to Washington as a tribute to McCarthy. They are due to arrive at the ceremonies May 12.

The two have raised about $8,000 locally through sponsorships. The money goes toward their trip, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and the Officer of the Month Fund.

Last year, participating riders raised a total of $1.7 million.

The names of nine other police officers and state troopers from Lawrence County who died in the line of duty are already on the national memorial wall. The men and their dates of death are: Frank Skidmore, Aug. 18, 1904; Thomas Thomas, March 27, 1913; James Cucia, May 2, 1918, John W. Edwards, Dec. 1, 1919, Clarence Campbell, May 23, 1932, all New Castle policemen; Seely L. Houk, March 2, 1906, Pennsylvania Game Commission; and Bernard S.C. McElroy, Dec. 20, 1924, Albert J. Izzo, June 13, 1979, and Brady C. Paul, Dec. 27, 1929, all state police troopers.

Randy Courson, a Pulaski patrolman who saved a teen’s life in a traffic accident, will be honored as Officer of the Month on May 14 in Washington during National Police Week activities. Only 12 of those recognitions — one for each month — are given out each year.

McCarthy also is to be memorialized by the Pennsylvania General Assembly June 9 on the floor of the state House of Representatives in Harrisburg.

(Email: dwachter@ncnewsonline.commailto:dwachter@ncnewsonline.com)

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