Sergeant George McCarthy
Pennsylvania State Police
Years of Service: 12 years
Cause of Death: Gunshot
Date of Incident:
May 12, 1931
Timothy George McCarthy was born July 25, 1888,
at Kilarney, Ireland.
Before his enlistment with the Constabulary, McCarthy served four years with the British
Army from March 20, 1907, to March 9, 1911. Soon after his arrival in America, he served
with Battery B, U. S. 102nd Infantry, 26th Division, from May 23, 1917, to April 29, 1919.
Known as "YD", the Yankee Division was commanded by General Clarence Edwards and
saw action in France during World War 1. McCarthy enlisted with the Constabulary from
Westboro, Massachusetts, on September 1, 1919, and was assigned to Troop E, Harrisburg. He
was 31 years old.
On May 12, 1931, McCarthy, accompanied by Privates Russell Knies and Philip Duane, were
detailed to assist the Fulton County sheriff in serving a custody warrant on Marshal
Lodge, a belligerent mountaineer, at his home in Brush Creek Township. When McCarthy,
admitted by Lodge's mother, entered the kitchen, Lodge fired a pistol he had concealed,
fatally wounding the Sergeant. Lodge fled to the upstairs. Knies, who was standing at the
door with Duane, ordered Duane to take the Sergeant to the car, but before they could
reach the car, McCarthy fell to the ground and died. Searching for Lodge, Knies was
wounded, but not seriously. Duane ran to a home located atop the hill to phone for
assistance. When assistance arrived, McCarthy's dog, Omar, was freed from the car to enter
the house. When located by Omar, Lodge shot Omar. Knies was again wounded by gunfire as he
tried to fire a tear gas bomb into the house. Outdoors, Omar, seriously wounded, was found
crouched aside McCarthy's body. Lodge was finally apprehended; but his right arm was
shattered by rifle fire and had to be amputated. He was adjudged hopelessly insane, and
transferred to the institution for the criminally insane at Fair View, Wayne County. Knies
and Omar both recovered from their wounds. Duane, at the urging of his parents, resigned
from the constabulary on June 15, 1931.
Knies advanced through the ranks to Major before his retirement in 1963. Members of Troop
E were present at the formal ceremony on November 12, 1931, when Omar was presented the
American Kennel Club Medal of Heroism. He was the only animal so decorated by the
Constabulary, earning him a special place in its history.