Joseph M. McCarthy
It is with deep sadness that the family of Retired Police Chief Joseph M. McCarthy announces his passing (July 28, 1925 to August 28, 2017). Chief McCarthy was born in Jersey City and moved to Middletown at an early age and graduated from the Middletown School system in 1943. He served in the United States Army during World War II in Army Intelligence, and was Honorably discharged in 1946. He joined the Middletown Township Police Department in 1954 and quickly rose through the ranks being promoted to Detective Sergeant in 1957, Lieutenant in 1959, Captain of Detectives in 1965 and was promoted to the rank of Chief of Police in 1967 and served in that position until his retirement in 1990.
Chief McCarthy was a legendary figure in the law enforcement profession, and a leading member in the community. He dedicated his life to public service and worked tirelessly on behalf of the community he loved so dearly. He was a transformational leader and a prolific visionary who modernized the police department and built it into a highly respected professional agency. He championed many charitable causes and was a founding member of the Port Monmouth First Aid Squad, a member of the Port Monmouth Fire Co., The Middletown Historical society, The Boys Club, Middletown Helps Its Own, and many other civic organizations.
During his illustrious career Chief McCarthy received numerous awards and commendations for his service, some of which include the "Valor Award", "the J. Edgar Hoover Gold Medal Citation", "Outstanding Public Servant", "Man of The Year", “Citizen of the Year" and he was recognized by The President of the United States for his work in support of POW's. Chief McCarthy was a truly
remarkable individual and one of the most influential people of his time. He leaves behind an amazing legacy of achievements and good will, and he will be deeply missed by all he who knew him.
Chief McCarthy is survived by his loving wife Kate of 72 years, along with his sons Joseph and his wife Kathy, Dennis, his grandchildren Colleen, Brian, Katie, Joseph and Sierra. In addition 9 great grandchildren. Our family wants to thank our cousins Paulette and Bernadette for their unending care and help.
Visitation will be held Thursday, August 31, 2017, 4-8 pm at Mary Mother of God Church, 19 Cherry Tree Farm Rd., Middletown. Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, September 1, 2017 at 8 am at Mary Mother of God Church. A Funeral Liturgy will follow at 9:15 am at Mary Mother of God Church, 19 Cherry Tree Farm Rd., New Monmouth. Burial will follow at Fair View Cemetery, Middletown.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Joseph's name to the Wounded Warriors Project, 4899 Belford Rd, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256
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Press Release Alert: Bear Sighted in Middletown
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 26, 2017
A bear was sighted Thursday night in the area of Nut Swamp Road. The state Division of Fish and Wildlife have responded and continue to monitor the situation. The Middletown Police Department has increased patrols in the area as well. DO NOT APPROACH A BEAR IF YOU SEE ONE. Call 911 immediately to report the sighting. Keep all garbage in sealed cans, and remove all food left out for pets. Keep a watch on your children and pets if they are outside.
Black bears by nature tend to be wary of people. However, if you encounter a black bear in your neighborhood or outdoors while hiking or camping, follow these common-sense safety tips.
- Never feed or approach a bear!
- Remain calm if you encounter a bear. Do not run from it.
- Make the bear aware of your presence by speaking in an assertive voice, singing, clapping your hands, or making other noises.
- Make sure the bear has an escape route.
- If a bear enters your home, provide it with an escape route by propping all doors open.
- Avoid direct eye contact, which may be perceived by a bear as a challenge. Never run from a bear. Instead, slowly back away.
- To scare the bear away, make loud noises by yelling, banging pots and pans or using an airhorn. Make yourself look as big as possible by waving your arms. If you are with someone else, stand close together with your arms raised above your head.
- The bear may utter a series of huffs, make popping jaw sounds by snapping its jaws and swat the ground. These are warning signs that you are too close. Slowly back away, avoid direct eye contact and do not run.
- If a bear stands on its hind legs or moves closer, it may be trying to get a better view or detect scents in the air. It is usually not a threatening behavior.
- Black bears will sometimes “bluff charge” when cornered, threatened or attempting to steal food. Stand your ground, avoid direct eye contact, then slowly back away and do not run.
- If the bear does not leave, move to a secure area.
- Report black bear damage or nuisance behavior to the DEP’s 24-hour, toll-free hotline at 1-877-WARN DEP (1-877-927-6337).
- Families who live in areas frequented by black bears should have a “Bear Plan” in place for children, with an escape route and planned use of whistles and air horns.
- Black bear attacks are extremely rare. If a black bear does attack, fight back!
Media Contact: Cindy Herrschaft, MTPIO Telephone: 732-615-2287
Media Contact: Lt. Paul Bailey, MTPD PIO Telephone: 732-615-3235