Memorial service at PLU’s Olson Auditorium honors fallen deputy

Pipes and Drums of Seattle Police, King and Snohomish Firefighters, and Puget Sound Firefighters, performed. Photo by Andrew Fickes

Pierce County Sherriff’s Deputy Daniel A. McCartney, who was killed in the line-of-duty on Jan. 8 while responding to a home invasion in Frederickson, was honored for his heroic bravery and laid to rest on Wednesday following a processional that wound through multiple city blocks between Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Pacific Lutheran University, where a memorial service was held at Olson Auditorium.

Approximately 650 vehicles were in the processional. The Pipes and Drums of Seattle Police, Snohomish and King County Firefighters, and Puget Sound Firefighters performed. The American flag draped from the apex of the extended ladders on 124th Street South near the entrance to Olson Auditorium. Thousands of police officers from departments across Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Texas, Canada, and as far east as Chicago and New York City were in attendance to honor the fallen deputy.

Thousands of police officers from departments spanning the state, the U.S. and Canada attended Wednesday’s memorial service honoring Deputy Daniel A. McCartney. Approximately 650 vehicles were in the processional that ran from JBLM to Pacific Lutheran University. The American flag was draped over 124th Street South at the gateway to Olson Auditorium. Photo by Andrew Fickes

“Law enforcement is a small family,” said Sergeant Shawn Coady of the Vancouver, Canada Police Department and a member of its Honor Guard. “We all do the same job. It’s a dangerous job. We all know each other directly or indirectly. It’s important that we show our support to the family and that they’re not alone, that he didn’t die in vain, and that we’re here for them.”

Nick Parker, a member of the King County Firefighters Pipes and Drums, said being part of honoring a fallen officer is important. “It feels good to help out,” Parker said.

Photo by Andrew Fickes

On behalf of the Puyallup Nation tribal police department, the Puyallup Tribal Council donated $5,000 to Deputy McCartney’s family. Puyallup Nation police chief Joe Duenas said he is familiar with the suffering that families go through when something terrible happens as it did to Deputy McCartney.

“As a former Seattle police officer and as chief of the Puyallup Nation police force, I have seen first-hand the tragedy that families go through because of the death of an officer on duty,” he said. “Our most heartfelt sympathies and condolences go out to Deputy McCartney’s family from all of us at the Puyallup Nation Police Department and our Tribal Council. We know the meaning of family and we feel your loss.”

Photo by Andrew Fickes

Within the auditorium, about 3,000 dignitaries and family of McCartney were seated. Three separate rooms were designated as streaming centers, and before the service started the rooms began to fill with area residents wishing to pay their respects.

McCartney was born on Dec. 15, 1983 and was raised in Loyalton, Calif. During his 34 years of life, McCartney embodied a commitment to service starting with serving in the Boy Scouts. In 2002, he enlisted in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged in 2008. Following the Navy, he began his career in law enforcement with the Hoquiam Police Department. He transferred to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department in 2014.

Chief Mike Blair of the University Place Police Department served as Master of Ceremonies. Trooper Jeffrey Eifert of the Washington State Patrol sang the United States and Canadian national anthems. Pastor Doug Cotton of Harbor City Church in Aberdeen read scripture. Other remarks of note were made by Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor, United States Navy Chief Petty Officer Drew Senary, Chief Jeff Myers of the Hoquiam Police Department, and a benediction by Chaplain Leslie Montgomery of the Tacoma Police Department.

McCartney leaves behind his wife, Cierra, and three young boys.

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