Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer William G. McCarthy

Jersey City Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Wednesday, January 14, 1976

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Reflections for Police Officer William G. McCarthy

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

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

January 14, 2021

Felt compelled to share; Police Week 2019.

Walked into the Dubliner, sat at the bar and was soon greated by a gentleman who was clearly grieving as I could see tears in his eyes. A brief discussion and a shot of Jameson we soon toasted in honor of his father; William McCarthy.

This was an experience I won’t soon forgot nor the man I met! RIP MCCarthy!

Officer Kevin Munger
Jacksonville Sheirff’s Office, FL

May 15, 2019

Willie, can't believe it's been 32 years since that horrible event. It's been burnt into my memory bank. Only wish that Cubby and I were closer. Rest in Peace my Brother in Blue. And may St. Michael the Patron Saint of Police Officers comfort you.

Det. Tim Dowd, Ret.
Jersey City Police Department c

January 15, 2018

My you Rest in Peace Bill

P>O Tom Webster
JerseyCity Poilice Dept.

January 14, 2015

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 36th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never dimishes respect and your memory wili always be honored and revered. I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.
Your brothers in blue who wrote so movingly about the night of your murder is proof of how vivid the details stay with those who were involved.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 14, 2012

He was a great man.......sense of humor that couldn't be beat. I remember so many nights in the Blue Piano or around the corner in Jack Miller's. Willie was one fine cop.......and a better dispatcher when he worked in radio. I carried some of the lessons he taught me over a beer for my 30 years as a cop and they served me well. If you knew Willie you have never forgotten him. He was a cop right to the end." KRF-537 to the Jersey City Police, remember all units Crime is not Comical". that is an actual quote from him just keeping things light on a busy evening tour. We all miss him and will never forget him.

Bobby Dwyer

January 15, 2010

Bill or Willie as I always called him was an amazing cop. He brought humor and safety to all officers working when he was assigned to the Radio room. He also taught me a ton about being a cop.......He was a cop's cop right to the end and has been missed since his passing.

Lt. Robert A. Dwyer
Jersey City Police ESU

January 15, 2009

Rest in Peace Officer McCarthy. Gone but never forgotten...

Sergeant Chris DiToro

January 14, 2009

There are some things that you would like to forget, then there are things that you can never forget. As much as I would like to put this horrific night out of my mind, I can never forget seeing a Brother laying in the street, helpless after having done your Duty. Willie, patrol the streets of Heaven as I know you can. Rest in Peace

Det. Tim Dowd D-98
Jersey City Police Department

January 15, 2008

Rest in peace my brother, you will never be forgotten.

Kevin T Ryan
Ex- New Jersey Cop

January 14, 2008

I remember that night like it was yesterday. Timmy and I riding together, 0214 hours, shots fired call. Timmy and I found Willy at Van Reypen and Academy. Called for backup. Jerry and Jimmy responded and took Willy to the MC. God bless all of you guys for your efforts that night. God bless you Willy, a true hero in every sense of the word. Bob Cubby

Captain Robert D. Cubby
Jersey City

January 13, 2008


I will always remember that cold winter night when JM & I picked uo your bleeding body and raced to the MC but the citrus knife had knicked your heart and the surgeon could not save you. I also remeber having to tell Carol we had lost you. Brother you are in our hearsts. God Bless.

Lt. Ret.

January 13, 2008



January 5, 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

December 12, 2007

This weekend will mark 31 years since your death serving the citizens of Jersey City. I will remember your death at Sunday's roll call. Rest in peace my brother.

Jersey City police

January 11, 2007



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