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Police Officer William D. McCarthy | Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer

William D. McCarthy

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Tuesday, September 22, 1987

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 10 years

Badge # 2746

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Sentenced to 3 years

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Officer McCarthy was struck and killed by a drunk driver outside of Spectrum Stadium while on mounted patrol following a concert. Officer McCarthy's horse, Skipper, was also killed in the incident.

The driver was sentenced to three years in prison.

Officer McCarthy had served with the agency for 10 years. He was survived by his wife, son, and three daughters.

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Hey Billy:

I think about you often. I still think about taking that terrible phone call in the 25th's Operations Room that night. I hope your soul is at rest and you can still feel the eternal love of your friends and your family.

Your friend.


Bob Tarr
May 24, 2017


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