Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Kevin Joseph McCarthy

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Saturday, October 14, 2000

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Reflections for Police Officer Kevin Joseph McCarthy

I can’t believe it’s been 21 years. I still remember hearing the news. Still miss talking to you.


October 14, 2021

Rest in peace and always know that your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

October 14, 2020

I can’t believe that today is 20 years. I still remember where I was when I heard the news. You and John are not forgotten. Be at peace my friend.

Friend, HCSO (former BPD)

October 14, 2020

Sadly you were taken from us too early in life. May God comfort you in his kingdom, and bless your loving family.

N.Y.P.D. Lt. Ray Flores (Ret.)

October 14, 2016

Kevin was my Uncle, my mother's beloved brother. Unfortunately I never had much opportunity to spend time with him but I think about and honor his memory every day. I remember the day he left this world with Sgt Platt at his side and it will forever be burned into my memory. You will never be forgotten for the man that you were and still are in our hearts.

Honor his memory by ensuring those you know and love don't get behind a wheel intoxicated - no matter the circumstances.

Robert E. Bickford IV

August 1, 2014

Thinking about you today, its still very difficult for me. Love and miss you my friend.....

Investigator Charles J. Rykiel
APG Police / Baltimore PD-Retired

June 19, 2014


Miss you, love you my brother....

Investigator Charles J. Rykiel
Aberdeen Proving Ground Police

October 14, 2011

Even though this Friday will be eleven years since you left us, it feels like time has stood still without you in my life.

You will always be in my heart and in my thoughts.

I visit you often just to simply put flowers where you rest.



October 12, 2011

Kevin, another year of not having you is approaching, I think of you often. I know you are watching over all of us along with your dad and my dad. We will all meet again someday. I love you

Geri Arnold
cousin to Kevin

October 12, 2011

You are not forgotten. Thank You for your service.


October 20, 2009

To Officer Kevin McCarthy and his loved ones:

On this the eighth anniversary of your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today. Rest in Peace, Kevin. I am praying for solace for your family members today, and each day that they are on the survivors' path.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Kevin gave to his community and the citizens of Maryland, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on October 14, 2000.

Phyllis Loya, mother of Officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

Phyllis Loya
mother of Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

October 13, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

February 11, 2008

May you always rest in peace and know that you will always be remembered.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

October 14, 2007

We remember you today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

October 12, 2007

On the 6th anniversary of your E.O.W. I would like to thank you for your dedicated service and a job well done.

Yesterday, October 13, 2006, my youngest son graduated from the Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy as a St. Mary’s County, Maryland Deputy Sheriff. He will carry on down here for you.

EWC John M. Mumper, USNR (Ret.)

October 14, 2006

My thoughts are with your loved ones on this 6th anniversary of your end of watch. You have not been forgotten and are a true hero and heroes never die. I too lost my son in the line of duty to a drunk driver but in my case the other driver was also killed so I did not have to experience the judicial process and watch as the individual who caused all this pain walk free with a slap on the wrist. Keep watch over your loved ones as they continue their journey through life. Also, watch over those who continue to watch over the Thin Blue Line.

Bob Gordon
Father of Fallen Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

October 13, 2006

It never seems right that the 'bad guy 'walks free and you and your family got the life sentence.May your family be comforted by Our Lord and may you rest in Peace.

March 10, 2006

My Brothers and Sisters, we have all sworn to perform our duties, impartially and without hesitation or fear. Our present duty, and though it be painful, is to pay a just and deserving tribute of honor to a Brother or Sister who has embarked upon that lone journey which leads through the valley of the great shadow into the sunlight of perpetual day and lasting tranquility.
These feeble but heart-felt words can do little more than remind us of the duty which we owe to our departed friend and colleague.
As he was ever faithful to us in the full performance of his task and the protection of those who slept, so let us be, my Brothers, faithful to him, ever zealous to protect and cherish the memory of his good deeds, forgetting his imperfections, and emblazoning his accomplishments.
As time runs on, in sun and shade, may we bear with us ever-pleasant memories of a hallowed friendship, a kindly feeling, and a deep respect for all our Brother stood for. As an indication of our regard and affection, let us pause and, in silent meditation, typify what mere words cannot express.
Let us pray:
Almighty God, be with us on this occasion. Strengthen us in a firm resolve to do right, to serve well, to be faithful to our tasks, to our community, and to our Brothers. Make us appreciative of the opportunities to do good and to lend a helping hand. Inspire us with a new devotion to fulfill the duties, which are entrusted to our keeping. May those who mourn be comforted in this sad hour, and may they be strengthened by the knowledge of Thy presence and Thy omnipotence.
May we be constantly reminded in the hours of the night, as well as in the brightness of the day, of Thy everlasting love and kindness, and may Thou guide us through this uncharted valley and bring us at last to the shore of the eternal stream, our ranks unbroken, to dwell with Thee forever more. We ask this humbly through Thy redeeming grace and power. Amen.

Ret. Officer William Hackley
Baltimore Police

December 16, 2005

We ask Thy blessings and eternal rest to all our brothers and sisters
Who have sacrificed their very lives in the performance of
their duties. Give their loved ones the peace and
Strength to bear the anguish of their loss. Remove all
resentment from their hearts, knowing that eternal
peace and rest will abide their departed loved ones
forever. This we beg, Thy name forever and ever,

Ret. Officer William Hackley
Baltimore Police

November 21, 2005

I attended your ceremony tonight on Glenmore Ave. It was chilling to see the scrape marks on the sidewalk that your radio car made five years ago. It was a touching event. I got to see several friends from those years ago that we both worked 436 car. It was remarkable that between the two of us we worked 36 from 1982-2000 combined. I shook hands with Jesse and it made me feel a little closer to you. I told several stories of our "adventures" together. You were truly my kind of Police.

"...until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand."

Your side partner,

Steven L. Hatchett/Bomb Technician
MD State Fire Marshal's Office

October 14, 2005

Thank you for your service to the community during the ENTIRE 15 YEARS you served. May your family be comforted on this difficult day in knowing many citizens do respect and value what our officers do for us every day.


October 14, 2005

On the anniversary of your and Sgt. Platt's death, you are both not forgotten. We will all gather tonight at a candlelight vigil in rememberance of the sacrafice that you and he made five years ago today. I have a co-worker that worked with you in the NE District many years ago. He has nothing but fond memories of you. He will also be there tonight to honor your memory. God bless you and your family, friends and co-workers. Please continue to keep watch over all of them from above and let them know you are always with them.

Jennifer Aaron
Wife of Ofc. Duke G. Aaron, III (EOW 07/20/04)

October 14, 2005

You will never be forgotten. I think about you every day. Brian misses you so much. It's hard for him to talk about it. He was so happy working side by side with you in the NED for those years. We love you. You will always be in our hearts. I know you are watching over us. Can't wait to see you again.

Melanie A. Shows

August 24, 2005

On the anniversary of your death, I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

God bless, officer. Rest in peace.

October 14, 2004

I attended college in Baltimore in 2000, and I remember being very saddened and angered at the deaths of Officer McCarthy and Sgt. Platt in the same accident. They were out in the community every day keeping me, my friends and my loved ones safe, and society owe them a debt of gratitude we can surely never repay.

Dave O'Brien
Former Baltimore resident

July 15, 2004

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