Procession and memorial held for slain Sheriff’s Deputy

More than 650 emergency vehicles and over 1500 law enforcement personnel lined up for the procession in honor of Deputy Daniel McCartney on Wednesday.

Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy McCartney was killed in the line of duty in the early hours of Monday, January 8.

McCartney was responding to a 9-1-1 call about some type of altercation when the offenders turned violent.

Daniel McCartney had been a member of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office since 2014. In honor of his service, on Wednesday, January 17, authorities from across the state joined a procession for the fallen deputy.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Jeff Sevigney was part of a group of five Washington State Patrol troopers who came from Spokane to be part of the procession.

The memorial was held at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Dozens of bagpipes led McCartney’s casket to Olson Auditorium where the memorial started an hour later.

The auditorium was filled with people as kind words were said about the late Deputy.

“Today, one less person of strength and character stands besides us,” Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor told those gathered at the memorial. “We are weaker for that loss of that deeply good man.”

McCartney was a Navy veteran, a father of three young boys and a beloved husband.