New Castle News

May 7, 2013

Shenango Officer’s Death: Details of funeral procession route

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Plans have been finalized for the funeral procession for  fallen police officer William J. “Jerry” McCarthy IV.

In anticipation of hundreds of police cars, New Castle and Shenango police have worked out these details for Tuesday regarding the processional route and street closings around St. Vitus Church for before and after the 11 a.m. Mass:

•Mill Street will close beginning at 6 a.m., between Long Avenue and Division Street. No vehicles may be parked on Mill Street at that time.

•Police cars will enter Mill Street from Long Avenue going north and are to park on Mill Street, beginning at Division Street.

•All police motorcycle units will park on South Jefferson Street, north of St. Vitus. They will lead the procession.

•All civilian parking will be at the Elks club lot on Moravia Street and the St. Vitus Church lot on Home Street.

•Police officers after parking their cruisers are to walk to the Maitland Avenue lot of the church and line up in formation.

•Fire trucks in the procession will park at Lawrence Village Plaza. Firefighters will be bused to St. Vitus Church, then back to the plaza to join the procession.

•The procession will leave the church led by the motor unit, followed by the hearse, the family vehicles, Shenango Township police, the Lawrence County District Attorney, South New Castle Borough and Grove City police, then other officials, followed by New Castle police cars.

•The procession will go onto South Jefferson to Division Street then Mill Street. From Mill it will go north to Taylor Street, then to East Washington Street into Shenango Township to Willowbrook Road and past the Shenango police department.

The line of cars then will go onto 422 East to Route 388, north to Route 108 and east to Interstate 79 North. They will proceed to the Grove City exit and turn onto Route 208, and go to Route 173 north to Crestview Memorial Cemetery.

5K race in Pittsburgh to remember McCarthy

A 5-K race in Pittsburgh in recognition of National Police Memorial Week will remember fallen officer William J. McCarthy IV.

McCarthy, who was a part-time Shenango Township officer and Lawrence County detective and humane officer, will be eulogized at the Pittsburgh Officers Down 5-K, according to one of its organizers, T.J. Burke of the Sharpsburg Police Department. The annual run is Sunday at South Park.

The event is in memory of officers who have died protecting communities and in recognition of those who serve daily.

Opening the ceremony will be Dan Hahn, a corporal with the Cranberry police, who was nearly killed during a high-speed chase in 2011.

A police procession will begin the race at 10 a.m. and departments from Lawrence County are invited to participate.

Registration is at 8 a.m.

Anyone wanting to enter may register at

Bingo games canceled

Shenango Township and South New Castle Borough have canceled bingo this week.

The games were canceled because of the fatal accident involving Shenango Township policeman William “Jerry” McCarthy.

Regular schedules will resume next week.