Steve McDonald’s funeral services will take place on Friday morning, according to source. The NYPD detective who died last Tuesday was highly respected by the New Yorkers for his dedication and courage. McDonald was shot thirty years ago in the Central park and since then remained paralyzed neck down. Steve continued to work for NYPD as an active officer although he had to use a respirator for breathing and wheelchair to move around.
People gathered at St. Agnes Parish Center of Rockville Centre on Wednesday and Thursday to pay their respects. Bill de Blasio, the Mayor of New York City was present at St. Agnes Parish Center on Thursday night.
Steve McDonald suffered from a cardiac arrest last week and was taken to the North Shore University Hospital immediately. He was renowned for his social welfare activities that he initiated to promote peace and love. McDonald publicly forgave the gunman responsible for the incident and emphasized on the power of forgiveness, something that amazed millions of Americans throughout the nation.
Benjamin Tucker, the Deputy Commissioner of NYPD in a statement said, Steve was a gift for the New York City and his spirit will survive with the people who loved and respected him. James O’Neill, the NYPD Commissioner also gave his statement recognizing the dedication and hard work that Steve gave for thirty years, promoting love, forgiveness and charity.
Steve McDonald played a very influential role as an ambassador for New York Police Department. He preached to grow awareness about gun control and violence. He emphasized on harmony and peace throughout his career after it took a dramatic turn once he got shot and paralyzed at the age of 29.
McDonald’s family has expressed their gratitude for the love and respect Steve received form thousands of people. The services will take place at St. Patrick’s Cathedral where Cardinal Timothy Dolan will be present. Dolan calls the deceased hero of NYPD as an icon of forgiveness and mercy.