Fallen Wash. deputy remembered in small N. California hometown as hard worker, leader

Deputy Daniel McCartney

A Washington sheriff's deputy killed in the line of duty earlier this week was remembered by people from his Northern California hometown as a hard worker and selfless leader.

Around 100 people in Loyalton, California gathered for a candlelight vigil to remember Deputy Daniel McCartney Friday night.

"Dan meant a lot to me," Gary Adams, Daniel's high school football coach, said. "I considered him one of my own. It's terrible, not anything you want to hear."

"My son is also a cop and it's too much to think about sometimes."

McCartney grew up in Loyalton and went to Loyalton High School, where he played football and basketball.

"He would give the shirt off his back. He was just very selfless," said Andrea Papaleo, a high school friend.

After six years in the Navy, McCartney went into law enforcement, then started his family in Yelm, Washington. He was 34.

"What Daniel achieved in his life and the effect that he had on this community and so many other communities and the work that he did in Washington in the service — no one, nothing will ever take that away," said former teammate Gino Folchi.

McCartney leaves behind his wife Cierra and three young boys. DONATE to the McCartney family here.

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