Shenago Twp. officer killed in crash laid to rest



NEW CASTLE, Pa. - A funeral service was held Wednesday for a Shenango Township police officer killed in the line of duty.

The funeral for Officer William “Jerry” McCarthy was held at Saint Vitus Church in New Castle. Several hundred officers and law enforcement officials from around the county and state attended.

Channel 11’s Amy Marcinkiewicz reported one of the most emotional moments of the service was when McCarthy’s wife walked into the church with the help of police officers.

“I came to show support for the family and the other officers. It’s something we all go through,” said Sgt. Doug Edgell.

Jerry's department was in attendance at the service, including Officer Mike Lynch, who suffered a crushed hip and fractured foot in the crash that killed McCarthy.

“Jerry was, without a doubt, everybody’s best friend. He was loving. He was kind. He was always worried about everybody,” said friend Kathy Birtalan.

McCarthy’s son read a final letter to his father to end the church service.

In the letter, he said the following:

“I better go. I'm sure you're busy out patrolling those heavenly streets. I just want you to know I love you.

Your son, Michael”

McCarthy was killed last week when a suspect in a car chase slammed into the police cruiser in which McCarthy was riding.

Kylee Barletto, the driver accused of hitting the cruiser, is in an Ohio jail. She faces an extradition hearing on Thursday.

Barletto faces a number of charges, including homicide by vehicle and manslaughter.