Police Officer William D. McCarthy

Police Officer William D. McCarthy

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, September 22, 1987

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William D. McCarthy

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.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 2746

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 3 years

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An instance of remembrance.

I was just a little girl in the 80's North Philadelphia when I used see this officer.
I didn't know him but, I always spoke to him as he sat atop his mighty steed on my way to school.
He always nodded to me and I felt safe when I saw him.
He made an impact on my life just by doing his job.

Years later I thought of him and asked what happened to him.
Then I heard the news.
I still think of this kind man who watched over our city.

So I say: Thank you, I remember you.

Diane Longstratt
A Citizen

March 5, 2020

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