The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department named its firearms training facility near Roy in memory of Deputy Daniel McCartney at a ceremony Tuesday. McCartney, a former Hoquiam Police officer, was killed in the line of duty while a Pierce County Deputy a year to the day of the dedication.
“It was an honor to attend the dedication ceremony when the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department named their firearms training facility outside of Roy in the memory of Deputy Daniel McCartney,” wrote Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers on the department’s Facebook page.
McCartney was killed in the line of duty Jan, 8, 2018, while responding to a home-invasion robbery call as a Pierce County Deputy. McCartney started his law enforcement career in Hoquiam and served the department for six years before transferring to Pierce County.
“The memorial in front of the training building at the firearms range was unveiled by Cierra McCartney and their three young sons with the assistance of Sheriff Paul Pastor,” said Myers. “Now as each deputy passes through the facility for training, they will be able to remember Daniel’s sacrifice and take heart in knowing Daniel is looking out for them from above.”
Myers added it was “an honor to see the memorial and Daniel’s family, but it was also a very emotional day. He will always be one of our HPD family.”
On the anniversary of McCartney’s sacrifice, Pastor wrote on social media:
“It was a year ago tonight that the call came. The call none of us want to get. It set in motion a new cycle of sadness for all of us. I remember. The call. The hospital. The terrible news. The slow procession. We all remember. We will not forget.”