Following a wake that drew hundreds of mourners to Red Bank Thursday night, a procession led by a squadron of motorcycle police carried the casket of the late borough police Chief Steve McCarthy to a funeral mass in Long Branch Friday morning.
Above right, Red Bank Charter School students await the procession in front of the Count Basie Theatre, opposite the police station, where the hearse paused briefly.
Below, the Red Bank Volunteer Fire Department offered a silent farewell in front of St. James Church on Broad Street.
McCarthy, 50, died Monday of anaplastic thyroid cancer. He had served the police department for 27 years, the last three as chief. (Click to enlarge)
“I have lost a good friend and invaluable partner,” Menna said in a statement released at noontime. “The police department has been deprived of the spirited leadership and unstinted dedication of the most consummate law enforcement professional in the state. His fellow borough employees have lost a colleague who was a true friend. The residents of Red Bank have been deprived of an intelligent, gracious, gentle and efficient public servant.”
“The whole department is beside itself with grief,” police Commissioner and Council President Art Murphy told redbankgreen. “Everybody in [borough hall] is taking it very hard.”
From Dori Kerschner, owner of Wooly Monmonouth, who shot this video Wedneday: “After 44 years, Steve Napolitani, the owner of Mr. Pizza Slice, sells his iconic pizza shop located in downtown Red Bank, NJ.” The rest speaks for itself. (Video by Dori Kerschner. Click to enlarge)