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Hundreds attend calling hours for Shenango Township Police Officer

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NEW CASTLE, Pa. - Police cars lined the street and an American flag was draped from a Shenango Township ladder truck in front of St. Vitus Parish.

All to honor fallen police officer William 'Jerry' McCarthy.

The Shenango Township police officer was killed in the line-of-duty on Thursday by a car driving erratically and trying to flee New Castle police. The vehicle driven by Kylee Barletto of New Castle broadsided the police cruiser McCarthy was riding in.

He died minutes later at a local hospital.

As one person after another filed into the New Castle church on this first day of calling hours for the fallen officer, some cried, others comforted each other with an embrace.

Officer McCarthy's stepson, Phillip McFall, tells 21 News the loss of his stepfather is unbearable.

"It's probably one of the most difficult days of my life," he says. "I mean Jerry meant the world to me, he was my hero. I looked up to him."

The mayor of New Castle is still shocked about how his friend and a dedicated police officer lost his life.

"I think it's an accident that should never have happened," says Mayor Anthony Mastrangelo. "That's the way I feel about it anyway. And someone can apologize, but you know, there's no apology for what happened."

The Shenango Township police chief did not want to comment as he walked into the church, saying he would spend the entire day at the calling hours to provide support and comfort to the fallen officer's family and the Shenango Township police force.

The state police and New Castle police are providing patrols in Shenango Township until Thursday morning to give the officers closest to McCarthy time to grieve.

Officer McCarthy, who also worked as a humane agent for Lawrence County and an investigator for the district attorney, left an imprint on the world that those who loved him say can't be replaced.

"He wasn't afraid to lose his life to help another person, or the community, he was just a great man," says McFall.

Calling hours will be held again on Tuesday at St. Vitus Parish at 910 Mercer Street in New Castle from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held for officer McCarthy on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.

A procession will then travel through New Castle and past the Shenango Township police station before taking the fallen officer to his final resting place in Crestview Memorial Park in Grove City.

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