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Detective Lieutenant William L. McCarthy

Montcalm County Sheriff's Department, Michigan

End of Watch Tuesday, April 27, 1982

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Reflections for Detective Lieutenant William L. McCarthy

Rest in Peace, Bill. You were the man who got me into law enforcement, a long time ago.

Officer Wayne Thomas
Grand Rapids Police Dept. (ret)

January 28, 2016

My faithful servant.
You were called upon to serve others.
You were asked to see, what no man should ever have to see.
To go through, what no man should ever have to go through.
But you did so with pride, honor, and integrity.

My faithful servant.
You were called upon to defend those, who could not defend themselves.
To provide justice to those, who did not respect it.
To lay down your life, if the time called for it.
Again, you did not question what was asked of you.
You did it with love, compassion, and loyalty.

My faithful servant.
In times of adversity, you prayed for strength.
In times of triumph, you praised your Lord.
You served your Country, State, and city proud.
Your service will forever be remembered by the many lives you’ve touched.

My faithful servant.
When your service on this earth is finally complete.
I will welcome you home with open arms.
I will embrace you and proclaim,
“Well done thou good and faithful servant.”

RIP my brother, the Lord has taken you home.

Sergeant Barton
Garden City PD

April 7, 2014

Detective Lieutenant William McCarthy was the epitome of a dedicated police officer. He was also my treasured friend and motorcycle riding buddy. My life changed greatly the day he gave his life in the line of duty. I still visit his grave frequently.

Detective Sergeant George E. Corwin
Michigan Sate Police

April 9, 2013

I never met you. You passed before I was born. You were married to my Grandmother, Nancy. My mother, Kelley, was one of your three step-children that lost you that day in 1982. I have started Police Academy and have been hired by the Evansville Police Department in Evansville, IN. I pray that my family will find peace as this journey begins. Thank you for your service.

Officer Joshua Brewer
Evansville Police Department

February 14, 2013

I was just starting out and in Reserve Police Officer School when someone came in and told us about what happened. I was shocked and it gave me pause to consider going on with the program. Although I had spoken to Mac before I really did not know him, just his legend. I stayed in the program and continued to full time law enforcement with Greenville DPS in Montcalm County, in part because of Mac and his sacrifice.

Sgt, Gary Valentine (Ret)
Greenville DPS, Montcalm County, MI

September 24, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today on the 30th 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 who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

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

May 13, 2012

I rembember the day well. It was a beautiful, sunny April day. At the time I was a young deputy and had worked all day with "Mac" and left for home the same time he did. Mac walked out the back door and I out the front door. Shortly after arriving home I received word that "Mac" was killed while backing a fellow deputy up on a Domestic Disturbance not far from his home. He has been sorely missed by all who knew and worked with him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family as we remember Mac and all of the police officers across this great nation during National Police Memorial Week.

Sheriff Bill Barnwell
Montcalm County Sheriff's Office

May 12, 2011

It's been 30 years and yet I still remember the loss of a colleague and friend. As a (then) young officer, it brought home the danger routine calls could be and led me to volunteer for domestic-violence related programs. As the "thin blue line" is activated this year, I'll remember a friend and hope you continue to watch over your fellow officers.

Director (Retired)
Ionia Public Safety

May 11, 2011



May 1, 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

November 26, 2007

Even though you have been gone for many years, I just want you to know your sacrifice has not been forgotten. I said a
prayer for your family tonight. We lost a great deputy in
Clinton Co recently, Dep Perry Fillmore. When you see him
tell him we all said hi. You will remain in my prapers, and
also your family.

linda morrison dispatcher
clinton co central dispatch

April 17, 2004

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