Malverne vigil held for officer after heart attack
The Malverne community gathered Monday night to pray for an NYPD detective following a medical emergency last week.
Steven McDonald's family has been keeping by his hospital bedside since Friday, when he suffered a massive heart attack. He remains in critical but stable condition.
On Monday night, hundreds of supporters were expected to gather at the Malverne Gazebo for a candlelight vigil to show the McDonald family they are not alone.
Malverne Deputy Mayor Patricia Canzoneri-Fitzpatrick says there has been an outpouring of love, from phone calls to blue ribbons put up around the village, for McDonald since he suffered the heart attack.
Friends organized Monday's candlelight vigil via social media. The service features songs and prayers offered by several church leaders.
McDonald became a symbol of perseverance after being shot in the line of duty in July 1986. He forgave the 15-year-old boy who shot him in the spine, leaving the officer paralyzed from the neck down at 29 years old.
For more than 30 years, McDonald has traveled in his wheelchair, with his portable ventilator, to spread a life lesson about the power of forgiveness.