Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Brian Grady McDonnell

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, September 11, 2001

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Reflections for Police Officer Brian Grady McDonnell

Since September 11th, 2002, I have worn a bracelet/band on my wrist with your name on it. I asked for one to remember the fallen officers who risked everything on 9/11 in the line of duty.
I was given yours. The irony? Your mother’s name...my mother’s name. Your wife’s name...my wife’s name. A photo of you in uniform holding a black and white cat that, amazingly, looked just like the very first cat I ever rescued. And to top it off, you looked like a carbon copy of my best friend. In some photos....a mirror age of him.
Irrelevant in the bigger picture, but still something I found amazing. Maybe it was these little details that were there as added insurance that I felt a connection to you.
Regardless, I will never forget what you did that day. I will always say a prayer for your family and that they have found peace since your sacrifice.
One day, when my time comes...and I pass on...I hope that I get to see you as well. To tell you that you weren’t forgotten. That you are a true hero.
Until then, I will continue to wear that bracelet in your honor and to remind others, constantly, of what America endured that day. To make sure they never forget.

Jeremy Elkins

September 11, 2018

I climbed with your tag today at the Thomasville Professional Firefighters 9-11 Stair Climb in Thomasville, Georgia. You and your family are not forgotten!

Kathy J. Thompson
Retired 4th Grade History Teacher

September 11, 2018

Brian, Remembering you today. Thank you for always backing us up when we called. Please keep watching over us.

106 Pct Midnight Brother
NYPD

September 11, 2018

I climbed with your tag at the Clayton MO 9-11 memorial stair climb today...you are not forgotten!!!

Captain Scott Scharf
Desoto Fire Dept

September 9, 2018

Never forgotten. Your TPD brother.

Detective
Tucson PD

September 11, 2015

You as always are remembered

Pat
Civilian, Manchester, NH

September 11, 2012

I am forever in debt to the 23-37 and the 343. Your sacrifice has not been forgotten. You are a true hero, Thank you for your service Sir.

Deputy and Firefighter
Glades County, Florida

September 11, 2009

Officer McDonnell,
On today, the 8th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and all the other LEOs who died that day for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonmous

September 11, 2009

Brian

Eight years since you made the ultimate sacrifice. Your heroic actions are not forgotten.

DETECTIVE PATRICK DONOHUE
NYPD

September 11, 2009

You are not forgotten...thank you

Anonymous

September 11, 2009

The anniversary of 9/11 is coming up in a few days as you well know. I just wanted you to know that you have not been forgotten. Rest in Peace...

Sergeant Chris DiToro
NYPD

September 8, 2009

The wicked flee where no man pursueth, but the righteous are bold as a lion.
Proverbs 28:1

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your friends and family. May God bless and keep them.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, FOR HELPIPNG PROTECT OUR COUNTRY!!!!

Friend of Off. Kris Fairbanks RIP 9-20-08

K.L.

March 12, 2009

I said a little prayer today for Police Officer McDonnell and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes

January 12, 2009

R.I.P. Brother, we still remember and appreciate your sacrifice. God be with your family.

Officer Wil
Modesto CA PD

September 11, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

January 3, 2008

Thank you, Ofc. Brian McDonnell, for your dedication to God, your family and. ultimately, your country.

Your sacrifice was not in vain, and you will never be forgotten.

God speed and God bless. Rest in peace, Ofc. McDonnell.

God Bless America.

LRVirgil, Civilian
Texas - Law Enforcement Supporter

September 30, 2007

You are not and will never be forgotten. You and the other brothers we lost that day are HEROES and will be remembered forever! Rest high on the streets of Heaven!

Deputy Brant Pewitt
Williamson Co. Sheriff's Dept TN.

September 11, 2007

Thank you for your sacrifice and all the lives you saved that day. It takes a brave officer to go into a burning building. Rest in peace.

trooper
Ohio State Highway Patrol

September 11, 2007

God Bless you and Your family.

T.D.
Ret Va Police

May 17, 2007

REST IN PEACE BROTHER. YOU WILL BE MISSED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR DEDICATION, SERVICE AND SACRIFICE. YOU ARE A TRUE HERO. MY SYMPATHY TO YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS AND DEPARTMENT.

Deputy Davis
Pittsylvania County Sheriffs Office

February 17, 2007

Your badge has grown some wings and you are walking the streets of Heaven. Thank you for who you are and who you were.
After that horrific day my mom found someone that made arm bands that you can wear as in rememberance of,, they just sent out bands no one knew that names we were going to get, well I received yours and since that day I have worn it.
To the family of Police Officer Brain Mcdonnell , everyday I think of you and pray for you. Pls if you would like this worn band pls it would be my honor to send it to you. For now I will wear it proudly. Thank you,,,
Laura L Morgan [email protected]
God Speed

Laura Morgan
St Johns Co So , St.Augustine Fl.

December 23, 2006

Dear Brian:
What does it take to be one of America's Finest? Courage, determination, sacrifice, dedication, and above all, honor. And that is why you are forver, one of America's Finest...because you demonstrated all of the above qualities. Your actions of 11 September 2001, elevated you from one of New York's Finest, to one of America's Finest.
For too many years, many Americans came to view their police officers with contempt, or mistrust. But your sacrifice, and that of all the rest, erased all those negative feelings. Thank you for actions which resulted in the saving of others, even at the expense of your own life.
By running into the tower, you lived the 23rd Psalm..."though I walk through the valley of death, I shall fear no evil". And fear you did not. God bless you, your family, and may God continue to bless our police and our great nation. Merry Christmas in Heaven. Amen

Detective Ron Tomassi
Palm Beach Sheriff's Office-Florida

December 18, 2006

To the family and loved ones of Officer Brian McDonnell and his fellow officers with the New York City Police Department and most especially to Brian:

Mere words seem insignificant to honor your heroism and courage which will never be forgotten. On this the fifth anniversary month of the tragic devastation wreaked upon our nation, those brave men and women who lost their lives safeguarding others are remembered and revered.

May your spirit continue to soar and your memory continue to inspire.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect and gratitude for the distinquished service Brian gave to his community and country, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on September 11, 2001.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg Police Department, CA; eow 4/24/05

September 29, 2006

a hero lives forever.....

September 12, 2006

Thank you

September 11, 2006

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