SHENANGO TOWNSHIP, Pennsylvania- The Shenango Township Fire Department put together a dinner for family, friends and colleagues of Officer Jerry McCarthy following Wednesday's funeral services.
Chief Dave Rishel says, "This is the first time it's ever happened here and it's devastating to the community. And everybody's just pitching in. It's a total effort."
Businesses from Shenango Township and surrounding communities donated food, tables, equipment, and many other supplies for the occasion.
Assistant Chief, Brandon Rishel, who coordinated the event says, "I can honestly say just about every single business in Lawrence County has some sort of involvement in some way or another. It was tremendous, the outreach that really was there from all businesses.. from small businesses to major corporations."
These t-shirts honoring officer McCarthy were also donated for more than 100 volunteers, young and old to wear.
About 35 juniors and seniors from the high school along with teachers and staff were among those who helped out.
Principal, Joe McCormick says, "The township police and the Shenango Fire are always there for us when we need them so this was just a small chance for us to try to give back a little bit."
A former colleague and friend of McCarthy's from South New Castle coordinated cookie donations from her community and volunteered to take her mind off of her own grief.
And Sharon Albertini was up all night making sandwiches for the dinner.
"That man helped so many people. Any police officer today.. how they put their lives .. every day when they go to work. But for him to do for his family is important."
A fund has been set up at ESB Bank for Officer McCarthy's family. It is in the name of the Shenango Police Memorial Fund.