NORMAN — Hundreds of mourners, many of them law enforcement officers, filled the sanctuary of CrossPointe Church on Wednesday to say goodbye to probation and parole officer Jeffery Matthew McCoy, who was gunned down a week ago while on duty.
“He was a man who knew his calling and who paid the ultimate sacrifice while answering the call,” said the Rev. Mike Butler.
McCoy, 32, was shot and killed by another man while trying to check on a parolee at 1440 Maple Drive, in Midwest City.
Butler described McCoy as a man “who in so many ways modeled the kind of man we desperately need today.”
“He was a man who loved his parents and siblings, was enamored with his children and loved his wife to no end,” Butler said.
The Rev. Dennis Quirk said McCoy loved his job “because he believed what he did mattered. He believed he could make a difference in the lives of those he served. He didn't just do his job to make a living, he did it for public safety.”
In the midst of tragedy, Quirk said, “we mourn, yes, but we also gather to celebrate Jeff. His was a life well-lived. Just look around. He made his life count.”
An overflow crowd watched a remote broadcast of the service in a nearby student center, while Butler and Quirk paid tribute to McCoy. Honor guards representing local police agencies, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the U.S. Navy escorted the casket to and from the service.
McCoy leaves behind his wife, Megan, and two children: Alexander, 7, and Allie Elizabeth, 4. He also is survived by his parents, Pat and Genese McCoy; a brother, Tony McCoy; and sister, Kelli McCoy Nelmark, among other relatives.