Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman William Jerome "Jerry" McCarthy, IV

Shenango Township Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Thursday, May 2, 2013

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Reflections for Patrolman William Jerome "Jerry" McCarthy, IV

Rest in Peace Officer Mc Carthy, Bless your family and the Shenango Township Police Department.

Wm Jean-Paul Rochat
Swiss Army, MP

May 8, 2013

To the family and friends of Patrolman Jerry McCarthy and his fellow officers:

On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Jerry died.

To Jerry's family, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Patrolman McCarthy gave to his community and the citizens of Pennsylvania, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on May 2, 2013.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

May 7, 2013

RIP Patrolman McCarthy, May God watch over your Family & all Law Enforcement.

Former Trooper Ken R. Bays
Virginia State Police

May 7, 2013

Officer McCarthy, you are a true hero and will never be forgotten. May you rest in peace our brother.

Sgt Richard Eckert
Town of Chester Police Dept

May 7, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. It feels very personal and close to me. My name is J. McCarthy (Joseph) also and my father John McCarthy Jr. was born and raised in Pittsburg (Turtle Creek) (My Mother also). I will pray for you and your family for strength to get through the next difficult days. God always bless your family.

Major Joseph McCarthy (Retired)
New Hanover County Sheriff,s Office Wilmington, N.C.

May 7, 2013

Thank you for your service Officer McCarthy. I will be praying for your family and friends and all the dedicated police officers with the Shenango Twp Police Department. May you rest in Heaven, we'll take it from here.

Officer Edward Michela
Bellevue Police Department, Michigan

May 7, 2013

My thoughts and prayers to Jerry's family and friends as well as his brothers and sisters in blue. I'm not telling you anything new when I say that Jerry had a heart of gold and was always willing to go the extra mile to help someone.

Jerry - thank you for all you did for the women in your community. RIP. God Bless

Heidi Custer, Maryland State Director
Rape Aggression Defense Systems

May 7, 2013

May the memories you cherish help ease the burden of your loss. With deepest sympathy,

Rita Rocker, Director
Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles

May 7, 2013

Rest in Peace my brother, we have the Watch

Phoenix Police, Brother in Blue

May 7, 2013

Officer McCarthy thank you for your service at the Shenango Township Police Department. May God bring confort to your family and co-workers. God Bless You !

Former Sgt. Joe Covington
Corpus Christi Police Department

May 7, 2013

Thank you Officer McCarthy for your faithful service. You will not be forgotten. May God grant your family and agency peace and comfort at this difficult time.

Trooper Joe Dellwo
Minnesota State Patrol

May 6, 2013

God's peace and speed Patrolman McCarthy. Thank you for your brave, dedicated service. RIP brother.

P/O R. Popelka #7903
Chicago Police Dept.

May 6, 2013

……..”BLESSED are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”- Matthew 5:9

Corporal T. D. Holster Sr.
West Virginia State Police

May 6, 2013

Rest in Peace....... Jerry you were one of a kind a true gem. I am glad to have met you. May your soul rest in peace. You sure have earned your wings my friend.

Melissa Colaluca, Corrections Officer
Lawrence County Corrections, New Castle PA

May 6, 2013

Rest in peace and thank you for your service. My prayers are with your family, love ones and department

John Latour (reitired deputy)

May 6, 2013

Pursuits are scary things and it seems that when they end tragically, many want to blame the police for it happening. Those with common sense know it's the person(s) who runs that causes a pursuit. Knowing that the irresponsible lout who ran was caught is of no real consolation for your sacrifice. Had she pulled over when instructed to, you would probably be alive and well today. She was caught, now she should pay the maximum price under law.

Your family and those you worked with, all who know and love you most can never fill the physical void that has been created, but so long as you are alive and well in their hearts and minds, you will never be truly gone. My prayers are with them all.

God Bless and may you forever Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

May 6, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with Patrolman McCarthy's family and everyone at the Shenango Township Police Department. Rest in peace my brother.

Officer Joe Hoyer
Green Bay Police Department

May 6, 2013

Jerry, Your were a great Officer, Colleague, Friend and the Mentor for many of us who were just getting started Community Policing and Crime Prevention. You saw good in everyone, and encouraged us as we grew and learned. Your personality brightened the room. Past President of the (PACCPP) Pennsylvania Association of Campus Crime Prevention Practitioners, Our RAD and SAFE instructor trainer. We will miss you. Your Legacy lives on. The Thin Blue line continues.

Officer Thomas E. Ahlers
Gettysburg College Department of Public Safety

May 6, 2013

RIP Patrolman McCarthy. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and fellow co-workers during this sad and difficult time.

P./O Michael J. Kranyak
Bridgeport CT Police Department (retired).

May 6, 2013

Words can't express the sadness we feel,
The life of a brother has gone.
The pain and the agony, never will heal,
Till we meet, in Heaven, again.

Rest in Peace, you will truly be missed.

Patrolman Kevin J. Gibbons (Retired)
Murrysville, Pa. Police Dept.

May 5, 2013

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. My condolences to your family, friends and coworkers of the Shenango Township Police Department. May you rest in peace.

Ptlm. William F. Shields
Federal Reserve Police/Philadelphia - Retired/Haverford Police

May 5, 2013

TO: Officer McCarthy's Family and the men and women of the Shenango Twp Police Dept. Lawrence Co. PA. Being that this happen in my former home town, and especially in the township I had grown up in, a former law enforcement officer of 17 years myself, has deeply struck home with me. Although, I did know "Jerry" personally, despite that fact he is a brother LEO and that "Thin Blue Line" that binds us all, let us pray for Jerry's family and the men and women to who he served with. My God wrap his ever loving arms around all of you to relieve you sorry of his loss. Memorialize Jerry, by keeping him in your memories each day you arise, and every time you put that unifrom on, although his death was untimely a tradey, he gave the ultimate for the protect of the members of the community and his fellow man. Rest in peace my brother officer, go and patrol God's Heavenly Kingdom.....until we all meet again in his kingdom..."GOD BLESS YOU JERRY" ...Thank You for your service and dedication !

M.A. Proch
Retired Officer, SJHPD, CPD, PCSO, LCSO,

May 5, 2013

Jerry was an amazing man. My heart goes out to his family and his Co-workers at the DA's office, Shenango PD (Jerry's kids as he referred to them) and to his family. I am going to miss our talks at the fire department and in my driveway while he was out on patrol. Im also going to miss his signature good by on the phone "God Love You Brother" Rest in peace Jerry, we're gonna miss you buddy.

Chad Strobel, Dispatch Supervisor
Lawrence County 911

May 5, 2013

This poem was written after getting my wife’s 19 years perspective of being a police officer’s wife.

“He Does it For You!”

He doesn’t do it for the money,
Cause surely there’s something better to do,
He says, “Someone has to do it!”
So really, he does it for you.

His eight to twelve hours is from call to call,
From a murder to a cat in a tree,
You say he’s never around when you really need him,
But without him, where would you be?

You curse him when you get a speeding ticket,
And scream there’s something better he could do,
But have you looked at how many deaths there are on the highways,
So really, he’s doing it for you.

He’s always seeing so much bad in the world,
He really doesn’t know what to do,
He wonders sometimes if it’s even worth it,
But he knows he has to do it for you.

Each day when he leaves for work,
And I always kiss him good-bye,
I don’t know if I’ll see him again,
Cause the day might be the day he dies.

So many times he comes home from work,
And I see a small tear in his eyes,
I ask him what is the problem dear?
And he says another innocent person has died.

You always say a cop isn’t human,
Cause at a tragedy he’s cool from the start,
But you don’t have to live with him,
And watch his mind and heart break apart.

I remember one hot June night at work,
His supervisor came, “Your husband’s been hurt!”, he said,
It was such a long ride to the hospital,
They wouldn’t say if he was alive or dead.

Crime is always on the increase,
The streets a battle ground,
And when one in “Blue” is slain,
At the funeral-taps will sound.

He’ll lay in a flagged draped coffin,
An honor for those who die for this land,
Just like the Army, Navy and Marines,
He died by the enemies hands.

Most ordinary citizens won’t be at the funeral,
But you’ll see plenty of people wearing blue,
You’ll see dozens of marked patrol cars,
Honoring the one who died for you.

Written by David L Bell Copyright © 1991
Retired Deputy Sheriff after over 38 years
Richland County Sheriff’s Dept
Columbia, SC

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

May 5, 2013

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO! May God
Give the family and friends the strength and faith to deal with this tragic loss. Words can not express my sorrow!

"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 © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

This may be re-posted in the Honor of his death and the death of any Law Enforcement Officer!

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

May 5, 2013

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