State officials, local residents and police officers from the Malverne PD and the NYPD gathered at The Bridge Church in Malverne for a commemorative ceremony. A portion of the Southern State Parkway was renamed after NYPD Detective Steven McDonald.
The parkway designation recognizes the life, service, sacrifice and family of McDonald, who was shot in 1986 in Central Park and left paralyzed until his death nearly 31 years later in January 2017.
“He did not just endure it, he conquered those difficulties,” said State Sen. Todd Kaminsky. “He truly showed what the human spirit could do because his heart was bigger than anyone can imagine.”
“When we leave here, and we see the highway signs in my dad’s name, we should understand the importance of his life of love and forgiveness, and try to make this world a better place,” said Steven’s son, NYPD Sergeant Conor McDonald. “That’s what he said to me every day.”
See next week’s edition for more on the ceremony.