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According to the Library Journal, “On a summer day in 1986 Steven McDonald, a New York Police Department  police officer, was patrolling his Central Park beat when a teenager whom he approached shot him, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. This book, with its alternating voices, recounts how Steven and Patti Ann have survived the incident and its aftermath."

One reader of the Steven McDonald Story said, “The story of Steven McDonald and his family is simultaneous heartbreaking and exhilarating. His capacity for forgiveness stretches the boundaries of human imagination and puts many of us to shame. In the book, the McDonalds discuss their friendship with actress Maureen O'Hara who states that her dream is to one day march with Officer McDonald the entire length of New York City's St. Patrick's Day Parade. Let's hope and pray it’s not too long before modern medicine works the miracle that will make her dream a reality.”

Another reader of the Steven McDonald Story said, “This book inspired me so much that after reading it I resolved never to be ungrateful again and live life with a sense of value for it. The faith of Mr Steven and his wife is amazing. They are indeed remarkable people. The book is written in a very simple manner and touches the heart because of the truthfulness in it. I hope God keeps giving these two people strength to keep going on. This book has made me realize how lucky I am to have so much.”

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From the History of the New York Police Department 

There was not material change, then, until September of this year, when the Common council resolved to double the Watch on account of the increase in crime. In May, 1799, Mr. Culbertson, who had been the Captain from the time of the evacuation, died and Mr. Van Wart was appointed in his place. In 1801, a second Captain was appointed, the number of men being then seventy-two. The duties of the police were discharged by three Justices, appointed for the purpose by the Council of appointment, and removable at pleasure. The chancellor, Justices of the Supreme Court, and Members of the Common council, as conservators of the peace, might attend and assist the Police Justices. A court was held every day, except Sunday; at which one, at least, of the Justices, and the Police clerk, were inconstant attendance at sunrise every morning to take cognizance of offences committed against the good order and peace of the city.

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