Steven McDonald


Age: 59

New York City plainclothes police officer who was shot by a 15-year-old boy in Central Park in July 1986 that left him paralyzed from the neck down but forgave his assailant and remained in the public eye for his spirit in the face of adversity as he hoped for the youth's redemption, who remained on the NYPD's payroll afterward as a first-grade detective at times appearing at roll calls and offering support for wounded officers.

Cause of Death: After a massive heart attack

Born: March 1, 1957

Died: January 10, 2017

Manhasset, New York