NEW CASTLE, PA. — Throngs of Ohio and Pennsylvania law enforcement officers from near and far paid their respects today to Officer William J. McCarthy IV, the Shenango Township police officer killed in a traffic crash while on duty.
The funeral Mass for Officer McCarthy, 60, of New Castle has ended. At this hour, the casket bearing McCarthy's body has been loaded onto a hearse in preparation for a 30-mile funeral procession.
Pennsylvania State police will lead the procession from the church past the Shenango Township Police Department to Crestview Cemetery in Grove City, for a burial ceremony featuring a State Police gun salute and helicopter flyover.
Just behind the state police in the procession will be police motorcycle units from Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh, New Castle and Youngstown.
During the service, officiated by the Rev. Frank D. Almade, church pastor, McCarthy's son, Michael A. McCarthy of Dawsonville, Ga., eulogized his father in the form of a letter to his dad.
"I'm sure you're busy patrolling the heavenly streets," he said. "I love you, man."
Pennsylvania flags will fly at half staff through today at the state capitol complex in Harrisburg and are authorized for display at half staff in Lawrence County in memory of Officer McCarthy, according to the governor’s office.
Officer McCarthy, a former Grove City College police officer, was killed Thursday when the cruiser he was riding in was hit by Kylee Barletto, 26, of New Castle, who police said was fleeing from them.
Barletto was released Monday from St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown to Mahoning County jail to await extradition to Pennsylvania.
Barletto was charged with manslaughter of a law enforcement officer and 15 other crimes in the crash.