200 help dedicate memorial to two city police officers

October 15, 2001|By Howard Libit | Howard Libit,SUN STAFF

Almost 200 family and friends of two Baltimore police officers killed by a drunken driver joined city leaders to dedicate a memorial to them yesterday, a year after the fatal traffic accident.

Gathered at Glenmore and Alta avenues in Northeast Baltimore where the officers were killed, the children of Sgt. John D. Platt and Officer Kevin J. McCarthy unveiled a plaque recognizing the contributions of their fathers.

"Your daddies were heroes, but more importantly they loved you," Mayor Martin O'Malley told the children. "We are not ever going to let their memories or their lives go in vain."

McCarthy's daughter Jessica and Platt's son and daughter, John Jr. and Rachel, each received $5,000 savings bonds for college during yesterday's half-hour ceremony. The money was donated by the community and officers in the city Police Department's Northeast District, Maj. Michael P. Tomczak said.

"I want to thank this community," Baltimore Police Commissioner Edward T. Norris said. "I recall a lot of people in the community came out to support us ... and that really, really impressed me very much, and it touched me."

Platt, 35, a 17-year veteran, and McCarthy, 36, a 15-year veteran, were killed Oct. 14 last year when Shane Daniel Weiss crashed his 2000 Chevrolet Silverado into their cruiser.

Weiss' blood-alcohol level tested above the legal limit in Maryland, and last month he was sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated and two counts of involuntary manslaughter.

At the end of the ceremony, Norris and O'Malley also revealed a ceremonial renaming of the streets at the intersection where the accident occurred, with red street signs marking Sgt. John Platt Way and Officer Kevin McCarthy Way.

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