Longtime Miami Twp., West Carrollton police officer passes away

MONTGOMERY COUNTY — Longtime Miami Twp. and West Carrollton police officer Pat McCoy has passed away at the age of 59 after health issues related to cancer and two strokes.

McCoy passed away at his home Wednesday.

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“It is with the deepest sorrow that we announce the passing of Officer Pat McCoy, Unit #236,” West Carrollton Police said in a statement. “Pat dedicated his life to public service and served the citizens of Miami Township and West Carrollton with distinction. He was the embodiment of our core values of Integrity, Honesty, Accountability, and Professionalism. Aside from being a true law enforcement professional, Pat was simply our friend and we will miss him. God’s speed, Pat!”

McCoy served in the Army before coming to the Miami Township Police Department. He retired from Miami Twp. PD in 2020 and was a transfer officer for the West Carrollton Police Department at the time of his death.

McCoy was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer in February. He suffered a massive stroke the day before he was meant to start his chemotherapy treatments, according to Cheryl Dillin, who organized a fundraiser for McCoy earlier this year.

“The stroke left him without the use of his right hand, unable to walk unaided and unable to speak,” Dillin said.

Arrangements for McCoy have not been announced.

McCoy had recently written a book titled “And Then the Fight Started!” which is currently available for pre-order through Braughler Books. The book is scheduled to ship in early May.

“Although Pat’s career as a police officer held many serious moments, his true personality and vigor for life came alive in his cartoon strip about his wife Trish and their every day life,” Dillin Events wrote in a Facebook post.