Wake held for NYPD hero Detective Steven McDonald

Thousands are coming out to pay their respects to Detective McDonald at St. Agnes Parish in Rockville Centre.

Thousands are coming out to pay their respects to Detective McDonald at St. Agnes Parish in Rockville Centre. (1/11/17)

ROCKVILLE CENTRE - Wake services were held Wednesday for an NYPD detective from Malverne remembered for his courage, faith and forgiveness after being wounded in the line of duty.

In 1986, Steven McDonald was shot three times by a 15-year-old bike thief in Central Park. McDonald was left paralyzed from the neck down.

McDonald publicly forgave the teen who tried to kill him and lived for another 30 years, traveling to spread a message of forgiveness and hope.

He died Tuesday at the age of 59 after suffering a heart attack on Friday.

NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill remembered McDonald as a man of faith who preached peace.

"For the last 30 years, Steven never quit," he said.

Wake services will continue Thursday at St. Agnes Parish Center in Rockville Centre.

A full NYPD funeral with an expected 5,000 in attendance is planned for 9:30 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan. Cardinal Timothy Dolan was a close friend of McDonald and will officiate.

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