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“An icon of mercy and forgiveness, a prophet of the dignity of all human life.” Cardinal Timothy Dolan about Detective Steven McDonald #nypd#tellingthestory #policeofficersangel Deeply saddened by the loss of a true #hero Det #StevenMcDonald who dedicated his life to helping others even after being paralyzed 30yrs ago.
Steven McDonald (March 1, 1957 – January 10, 2017) was an NYPD detective who was shot and paralyzed on July 12, 1986. The shooting left him quadriplegic.
A former U.S. Navy hospital corpsman and third generation police officer, McDonald was shot in the line of duty by fifteen-year-old Shavod Jones, whom he was questioning about bicycle thefts in Central Park. Detective McDonald and a co-worker were on patrol in Central Park, because there had been reports about a robbery in the park. While attempting to question Jones, McDonald noticed something in a sock the boy was carrying, and when he wanted to see what it was, McDonald was shot three times. The first bullet hit him in the head, above his eye; the second hit his throat and caused him to have a speaking disability; and the third shattered his spine, paralyzing him from the neck down and leaving him quadriplegic and in need of a ventilator.
Several months after his injuries, McDonald reported to the press that he had forgiven Jones for his actions. McDonald discussed the reasons for his forgiveness in some detail in the foreword of a 2014 book titled Why Forgive?, written by friend and pastor Johann Christoph Arnold.
Jones served nine years in prison for the shooting, and had called McDonald to apologize, but the two never met in person after the incident. On September 9, 1995, three days after his release on parole, Jones was killed in a motorcycle accident.
Personal life and death.
McDonald’s wife, Patricia Ann “Patti” McDonald, was elected Mayor of Malverne on Long Island in March 2007. At the time of the shooting, they had been married for less than a year and Patti was pregnant with their son Conor, who followed his father’s footsteps and joined the NYPD in 2010.
Steven McDonald died on January 10, 2017, at the age of 59, after suffering a massive heart attack a few days prior.[8
Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award
The New York Rangers of the NHL established the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award in his honor following the 1987–88 season. Detective McDonald personally presented a Ranger with a trophy and a $25,000 check (in the player’s name) made out to the Steven McDonald Foundation.