Pierce County, WA – Deputy Daniel McCartney was laid to rest on Wednesday following his murder last week. Help us name a new school after him.
Sumner School District Para-educator Lindsay Nowitzke noticed that the school district was looking for a name for their new elementary school. She posted on the local Facebook community page Wednesday, asking for people to vote to name the school after the murdered hero, saying:
As many of you are aware, we have a new Elementary School opening in Pierce County, in Tehaleh and SSD is voting on names.
Please go to the link and enter a vote for Daniel A. McCartney Elementary, in honor of fallen Pierce County Deputy Daniel A. McCartney.
This is such a beautiful and simple way to honor his life & service to our community. (Link to vote at bottom of article)
Deputy McCartney was murdered after responding to a report of a home invasion at 11:25 p.m. on Jan 8. During the 911 call, the dispatchers could hear screaming and a scuffle taking place.
He arrived at the home six minutes after the 911 call, and immediately started chasing two fleeing suspects.
A few minutes later, there was gunfire, and Deputy McCartney was fatally shot.
Investigators said they believe the fallen officer was able to return fire at the men.
Deputy McCartney was transported to St. Joseph Medical Center in critical condition, and died during surgery just after 2 a.m., the Puyallup Patch reported.
Henry Carden, 35, was found dead near the home where the burglary took place. A handgun was found near his body, The News Tribune reported.
Frank Pawul, 32, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the death of Deputy McCartney.
Deputy McCartney and his wife had been married for 13 years, and had three young boys. He served in the U.S. Navy for six years, and earned the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, among other honors, according to KIRO.
The deputy had been with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department for three years, according to a Facebook post on the sheriff’s department’s page. He was a Hoquiam police officer for six years before he joined Pierce County.
“Dan was a good guy and a good police officer,” Hoquiam Police Sergeant Jeff Salstrom told KXRO. “More importantly he was an extremely devoted dad.”
Deputy McCartney was laid to rest Wednesday as 1,500 law enforcement personnel and 650 patrol vehicles participated in a procession, according to KCPQ.
Deputy Luke Baker spoke at the memorial and talked about how Deputy McCatney’s organs are being used for wounded soliders.
“I was fortunate enough to speak with an organ donor representative the night following Dan’s passing,” Deputy Baker said, according to KIRO.“The representative was explaining how they were able to utilize Dan’s well-kept, junk-food free organs to provide extension and quality of life to many recipients including wounded soldiers.”
Please help us get the elementary school named after this murdered hero. Click the link below and fill out the form saying you want to vote for Daniel A. McCartney Elementary, and then please help share to any social media groups that you’re in to help get the word out.
You can CLICK HERE to enter in Daniel A. McCartney Elementary as the name suggestion for the school.
And don’t forget to share on social media.