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Fallen Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel McCartney was remembered by his friends and colleagues as a devoted father with a servant’s heart during a memorial service Wednesday.
“He had heart for justice and service to mankind,” said Judy Mersky, McCartney’s aunt. “Daniel had a natural inclination for community service.”
Mersky said McCartney, 34, spent every moment possible participating in family life with his wife and three boys, who are four, six, and nine years old.
“His kind and gentle soul was always available to anyone who showed interest,” Mersky said.
Friends and family also remembered McCartney as a handyman, a computer whiz, and a man of God.
McCartney was shot while responding to a burglary call bear Spanaway on January 7. He later died from his injuries.
McCartney served with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department for three years. Before that, he worked with the Hoquiam Police Department for five years and served in the Navy as an electronics technician 2nd class.
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Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers said McCartney drove everyone in the department to step up and to do better.
"Daniel drove himself to make a big ripple in a small pond every day," Myers said.
Hundreds of law enforcement packed Olson Auditorium at Pacific Lutheran University to pay their respects to McCartney.
“Daniel was serious about an ethic of service," said Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor. "He stepped forward not to answer a job offer, but a calling.”