2017-01-18 / Front Page

Letter To The Editor

Remembering Det. McDonald

To The Editor:

Detective Steven McDonald, who was shot and paralyzed 31 years ago by a young hoodlum in Central Park, was truly representative of what a police officer should be. He was a very well respected officer – by his family, colleagues and friends, and his ability to deal with his paralysis was no less than exemplary. He never let his injuries stop him from remaining active in the NYPD. I had the honor of meeting him and his wife, Patty, 28 years ago at a parish meeting in Holy Family in Fresh Meadows. He was a real gentleman, and his wife was very gracious. His ability to maintain strong faith throughout his ordeal was amazing. We should all take a lesson from Steven McDonald on how to treat our fellow humans in this crazy world, fraught with so much hatred. The NYPD has lost one of its best, and we all feel the loss. May God bless his wife, Patty and son, Conor, who is a member of the NYPD, and all the rest of his family and his NYPD family also. Our police officers, including Officer McDonald, have given so much to the people of this city. We should always be thankful to all of them for risking their lives. St. Peter will welcome Steven McDonald to his just reward in heaven. Rest in peace.

John Amato

Fresh Meadows

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