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Streets lined for Shenango Township Officer's procession

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SHENANGO TWP., Pa. - The street was lined for miles on Wednesday afternoon for the precession of fallen police officer, sixty-year-old William "Jerry" McCarthy.

People were all along the route, which stretched from New Castle to Grove City, holding signs and flags to show their support.

Near the Shenango Township Police Department, two fire department ladder trucks formed an arch with a large flag for the procession to pass under as a traditional gesture of honor.

Businesses along the street displayed signs of gratitude and condolences on their marquees.

The procession received it's largest tribute as it passed by Laurel High School, home of the Spartans. More than 650 students and staff lined both sides of the roadway. The salute was planned when the route for the procession was announced.

"And at that point in time, the decision was to bring the kids out, hold flags and show what we call a 'Spartan Salute' to Officer McCarthy," says Laurel High School principal Dab Svirbly.

Svirbly believes that the students participation might give them a greater appreciation of those who chose to serve.

"You know fire fighters, police officers, the military, all the servicemen that put their lives on the line every day for us. I think that this drives home to these kids that they're out here to help and protect us," say Svirbly.

Even pets lined the route to pay their respects.

McCarthy served as a humane officer and his family had requested that memorial contributions be made to the Humane Society in support of animal rescues.

Stacy Olson, of Promises for Pets, says she thought it would be nice if the community gathered with their animals in a show of support.

To serve and protect is the long standing motto of law enforcement, and those who knew and worked with Officer McCarthy say he was totally committed and deserves every tribute from a thankful community.

McCarthy lost his life last week in the line of duty in a car accident.

 

 

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