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Charity Motorcycle Ride Held in Honor of Downed Massachusetts Officer

October 12, 2006  | 

The first annual charity motorcycle ride for Sgt. Dan McCarthy of the Medfield (Mass.) Police Department was held on Sunday, September 24, 2006. The purpose of the ride was to raise money to benefit "Scholarships in Danny's Name;" charities of other fallen officers; and other charities.

On September 21, 2000, traffic was being diverted around a construction zone on Route 109 when a speeding truck missed the turnoff and struck and killed Sgt. Dan McCarthy as he attempted to alert the driver of the work crew's presence. McCarthy had served with the Medfield Police Department for three years, and worked part-time for another nearby police agency. He is survived by his wife and five children.

The charity ride or “motorcycle run” started off at Medfield's American Legion building. Use of the building was donated, and the Sons of the Legion donated their time cooking and helping out.

Patrolman Dan Smith organized the event.

Robin Low, CEO of Boston nanotech company Greenyarn, gave all the officers odor control socks and insoles as appreciation for their time.

The police motorcycles rode in front, leading 100 other motorcycles and about 110 riders behind them. The motorcycles formed 2 neat rows following the police motorcycles in front.

Thanks to the escorting officers and the officers from the neighboring towns that helped in traffic control, all the junctions were clear and the ride was safe and smooth. The 52-mile route followed scenic back roads through sleepy towns where onlookers waved and drivers of cars honked to show their support.

Back at the American Legion building at the end of the ride, a small shrine had been set up for Sgt Daniel McCarthy where riders signed a book to show respect for the fallen officer.

After enjoying a barbecue lunch, some lucky riders won products from local event sponsors in a raffle.

Unfortunately, because this was the first year and the weather was threatening, the fund actually lost money on the event. Organizers hope more donations will make next year’s event more successful.

For those who didn't make it to the ride but would still like to contribute, the offi-cers of Dan McCarthy's department have set up a fund for contributions toward his children. To donate, send a check to “Sgt. Daniel J. McCarthy Memorial Fund” or cash to Officer Daniel E. Smith, at Franklin Police Department, 911 Panther Way, Franklin MA 02038.

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