Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Gary Don McCarthy

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, February 26, 1988

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Reflections for Officer Gary Don McCarthy

It has been almost 30 years ago that I attended church together. He was a giant of a Christian man. I remember how he would come up to me and pop every muscle in my back and the "magic tricks" he would perform. I believe it would be in his character for the man who killed him that he would have come to know Christ before he died. Gary was the type of a man that would be walking beside that man now.

Eddie Grissom
Friend and Brother-in-Christ

February 4, 2007

For all of you who think of Gary, and how he may have touched your lives-- thank you for giving to his family the greatest comfort of all... the knowledge that you were witnesses to his life, and he lives on in the memories of his friends. Kindness is what matters most. Bless you.

Rondia McCarthy
surviving spouse

January 27, 2007

I read your daughters reflection and felt I should leave something. Gary you were a good friend and we had some good times back in the day at Central on First Watch. I often think about those days and remember you and Ed Sneed riding around all night speaking nothing but spanish to each other. You guys used to confuse the crap out of people with that. You were always bright and upbeat even when we were all going through some tough times. I remember seeing the news report that day and thinking it was P.W. that went down and the shock I felt when I found out it was you. It has been a lot of years but I think about you and John just about everyday. I know you were a religious man and I know you are in a better place. I'll see you on the other side brother.

Sergeant Shaun Miller
Port Arthur PD (Former Dallas PD)

December 5, 2006

Gary was a good friend and football teammate at Eastwood High School in El Paso. He was tough, hard-nosed on the field and great fun off of it. He invited everyone to Cielo Vista Church. He and his dad would drive around the area, picking up kids on Sunday mornings in the church's bus. His Eastwood friends missed him after he and his family moved to Amarillo and we lost touch. I pray his family's wounds heal and his children, deprived of his presence, remember their dad with pride and fondness. May God always bless and keep them.

Ed Shugert
None

October 6, 2005

Is it not amazing how much time can pass and the memories of him are still so strong in my head? Reflections though the eyes of a 10 year old child, but strong and resounding as the woman I now am. My boys 8 years and not yet 2, will never know this great man and all I have are memories of playing pull up the giant, because a giant he was. The damage is permanent but the love lasts forever. Now maybe my daddy will take care of my beloved husband.

Amber Cherry
Daughter

September 20, 2005

Gary, I will never forget you. When we were in the academy one of the fondest memories of you is when you would do cartwheels down the hallway. You were funny and made us laugh but we all thought you were going to get us in trouble. When I found out that you took a fatal hit but yet got up and emptied your gun into the back of those cowards fleeing car, then I knew that our class motto was a real one and I live by it today. "198, never give up". Love ya man. Save a spot for me up there. You will never be forgotten brother.

R.J. Alexander. Sr. Corporal
Dallas P.D.

February 12, 2004

Rest in Peace Brother...you will not be forgotten


Cleveland Police Department, Ohio

Heaven took a soldier and Hades a murderer. Rest easy as we continue for you.

Deputy M. Moore
Warren County S.O. (OH)

I am so glad to know that mass murderer is no longer living. As of Dec.12th, this officer's killer was excuited. Justice was served on this officer's behalf. Hopefully now, this officer's friends, family, and fellow co-workers, can rest in peace. Also for Gary- Rest in peace "Brother"

Mr & Mrs. Sr Cpl. Jt Sims
Dallas

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