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Memorial Honors Paralyzed Hero NYPD Cop Steven McDonald

July 12, 2018 - 2:40 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A memorial was unveiled Thursday to NYPD Detective Steven McDonald, who spent 30 years as a quadriplegic in a wheelchair after being shot and paralyzed in Central Park.

As WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported, the bronze plaque to McDonald’s memory was unveiled very near the spot where he was shot 32 years ago.

The plaque is next to a footpath on a small hillside.

It reads, “Born out of tragedy, July 12, 1986, came a life of service and forgiveness.”

It goes on to say, “Steven became a messenger of hope and goodwill.”

“We came know him as a kind of saint who walked among us. We came to know Steven McDonald as someone who had something to teach that we all needed to learn,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “His example is humbling. It’s humbling to all of us to think, ‘Could we possibly have done what he did?’”

NYPD Sgt. Conor McDonald, Steven’s son, followed his dad onto the force.

“There's one thing that I take from him every single day, and I truly believe that, and I truly believe if a man who was shot by a 15-year-old kid when he did nothing but just try to talk to him can live a life of love and compassion, I think we all can do that,” Sgt. McDonald said.

Steven McDonald died on Jan. 10 of last year at the age of 59.