Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective Steven D. McDonald

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, January 10, 2017

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Reflections for Detective Steven D. McDonald

Rest with God Detective McDonald. Your years of suffering and ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten. Prayers for your family during your home going.

retired police officer Bob Lester
Midland Texas Police Department

January 18, 2017

Rest In Peace brother, we'll take it from here. A true hero never truly dies, for they live on in the hearts and minds of the people they served.

Deputy L Sorensen
Hempstead Co So

January 18, 2017

Requiescat in Pacem.

Police Officer Mike O'Connor
Branford CT PD

January 18, 2017



Retired TFC Theresa Medcalf
Ga. State Patrol

January 18, 2017

May the good lord welcome you with open arms, for you have done your job well.

Chaplain Douglas J. Maykowski
Fraternal Order Of Police Lodge #187 Mt. Clemens Michigan.

January 17, 2017

RIP my Brother, RIP.

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13

Your sacrifice was far too great.

Inv. Q. Warren
AK Spec.Prosecutions/Medicaid Fraud

January 17, 2017

"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

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 (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

January 17, 2017

Thank you for your service. Glad to see that justice, in fact, was served. God Bless and Godspeed.

Lisa B

January 17, 2017

The board and staff of Peace Officer Ministries sends our condolences and lifts prayers for Det. McDonald's family, friends, and colleagues.

Kelli Ruffatto
Peace Officer Ministries

January 17, 2017

For Detective Steven McDonald:

The law-officer is the fence between those who would do us harm and those who live life with the anticipation of it being long and bringing all the good things it has to offer. Protection on a daily basis usually falls into the hands of the police - be it for simply summoning medical-aid to standing in the way of physical assault. In the process, many times it is the law-officer who meets with serious injury or even death.
In those cases where suffering lingers for years the law-officer is forgotten. As in all such cases of long-term suffering, no one really knows the reason for such misery.
Within all families who encounter such situations, members stands for their own - the police family is no different.
We honor our brother Steven who had every reason to live in resentment, but chose to utilize forgiveness instead. It was his plan for living-on.
We are proud to render Detective Steven McDonald, a very noble soldier-of-the-law, a final salute.

Cpl. Ralph D. Fiorenza, (Ret.)
Pennsylvania State Police

January 17, 2017

Rest in peace brother.

Officer Kyle Groose
Laramie PD, WY

January 17, 2017

Rest in peace Detective McDonald. I ask Our Heavenly Father to comfort and watch over your family, friends and the NYPD. Thank you for your dedication and service. God's speed brother.

Chief Jack Cavanaugh
Lee County Port Authority Police Department

January 17, 2017

Rest in peace brother. Your story is truly an inspiration to us all. Thank you for your service and dedication.

Cpl. M. Davis #2614
Prince George's County Police

January 17, 2017

RIP brother, you will never be forgotten. I thought it was really neat how the New York Rangers honored you the other night. True hero.

Officer J. Honeycutt
Utah Valley University Police Dept.

January 17, 2017

My family and I would like to extend our condolences to the family and friends of Detective Steven McDonald during this difficult time. May they find comfort and support from those around them. May God help heal their aching hearts. Rest in peace Detective McDonald.

Gail Pabst
Aunt of fallen Detroit P.O. Jennifer Fettig eow 2/16/04

January 16, 2017

The Albany Police Academy sends its deepest condolences to the McDonald family and the New York City Police Department. Rest in Peace Detective Steven McDonald.

Albany Police Academy
Albany Police Department

January 16, 2017

To the family of Detective Steven McDonald, friends, Commissioner James P. O'Neill and the New York City Police Department.
You are lifted up in thought and prayers. May God comfort, hold you close and give you peace that surpasses all understanding to keep your hearts and minds. Thank you for your service. John 15:13 / Matthew 5:9

Patrolman A. S. Batson
Cherry/O'Berry Police Department NC

January 16, 2017

Rest in peace my brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your wonderful family and the NYPD. Your courage and faith have impacted all of us greatly.

James J. Scanlon (Retired CPD)
North American SWAT Training Assoc.

January 16, 2017

You are and were a true American hero. Rest in Peace my brother.

1st Lt. Stephen A. Joy#980 (Retired)
Prince George's County Police Department, Maryland

January 16, 2017

My condolences to the family of Detective Steven McDonald. Please try to take comfort in Jesus words found at John 5:28,29 where he said that there would be a resurrection. Just think of the time when you will see your loved ones again, in paradise conditions, here on earth. Once again, my condolences.

Cpl. William Stanback (Retired)
Pennsylvania State Police

January 16, 2017

My deepest condolences to the McDonald family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. It was an honor knowing Detective McDonald and he will be missed by everyone who he touched with his heart and words of forgiveness. God Bless you Brother.

Detective JUAN TORO
New York City Police Department

January 16, 2017

"The Final Inspection"
The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"
The policeman squared his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry badges can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.
But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep....
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here,
Lord, It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't.....I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."
Author Unknown

Sergeant Chad Miner
Powell Wyoming Police Department

January 16, 2017

Very sad news


January 16, 2017

My deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

NYC Correction officer Edwin Rivera (R

January 16, 2017

My Family sends Heart Felt Condolences to Steven's Family,Friends, Department, Community, & Country.
May God Bless All Who Love Steven, with Comfort & Peace.
Thank You Steven for your Unselfish & Brave Service.
RIP Steven, Son of Valor, with Honor.
Gone from Our Arms ... Forever in Our Hearts ...

Ms. Karen Morgan PSY & LE GRAD.
Eagles Wing Baptist Church, Sisseton , SD

January 15, 2017

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