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Funeral arrangements have been made for a Shenango Township police officer who was killed in the line of duty.
Calling hours for Officer Jerry McCarthy will be from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Saint Vitus Church in New Castle. A funeral mass will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.
The 30 year veteran of law enforcement was killed in a traffic accident Thursday while assisting another police department with the chase of an erratic driver.
In response to such a tragic loss to the community and the overwhelming support from friends, family and residents, the Shenango Township Fire Department is hosting the grieving family and friends.
Over 1,000 people are expected to attend funeral services on Wednesday and the fire department is asking for food and monetary donations.
Donations can be made at the ESB Bank, 273 Ellwood Road, New Castle, or at the Shenango Township Fire Department, 2424 E. Washington St., New Castle.
Jerry McCarthy IV, 60, was in the passenger side of a Shenango Township cruiser at 10:20 p.m. Thursday trying to run parallel with the driver so he could lay down spike strips to stop the chase when the driver Kylee Barletto turned and struck his car where he was sitting, investigators said.
McCarthy was taken to Jamestown Hospital where he died.
Barletto is facing numerous charges that carry a maximum of 71 years in prison.
McCarthy was described by law enforcement officials as a versatile detective that was always professional and always in a good mood.
He was a husband and father of two sons, one daughter, a step son and a step daughter.
McCarthy spent more than 30 years working at Grove City College in Safety Services. He retired from there a few years ago.