The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Newsmax
GOP Rep. Pete King mourned the death Tuesday of a hero New York Police Department officer who famously forgave the teenage gunman who left him paralyzed in 1986.
“Steven McDonald was a truly outstanding man of unsurpassed courage and dignity,” the New York lawmaker said in a statement.
“Despite being so tragically wounded and paralyzed, I never once heard Steven complain or show self pity. He was a man of deep religious faith, a true American patriot and the personification of the NYPD at its very best. I was proud to call him a friend.”
McDonald, who died of a heart attack at 59, was working an undercover patrol in Central Park, investigating a rash of bicycle robberies, when he chased three suspects July 12, 1986. One pulled out a “Saturday night special” revolver and blasted McDonald with a bullet that left him a quadriplegic.
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