Deceased NYPD Detective Steven McDonald was memorialized on the one year anniversary of his death with a plaque at the NYPD’s Central Park Precinct. As a patrolman assigned to Central Park McDonald was shot and grievously wounded in 1986, surviving but rendered quadriplegic. He nonetheless remained actively involved with the NYPD for the rest of life, deeply admired for his tenacity and optimistic outlook.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner James O’Neill addressed the audience, as did Detective McDonald’s wife Patti Ann and son Conor. Timothy Cardinal Dolan offered a benediction. Former mayor David Dinkins, Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Council Member Vanessa Gibson also attended. After ceremony the McDonalds warmly greeted attendees, posing for pictures with many alongside the unveiled plaque.