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Updated January 11, 2017 10:13 PM

 

NYPD Det. Steven McDonald's wake

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A hero’s send-off for NYPD Det. Steven McDonald began Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, with a public wake in Rockville Centre. McDonald, the quadriplegic NYPD officer who inspired generations by forgiving the teenager who shot him and overcoming his disabilities to remain an active cop, died Tuesday at North Shore University Hospital, officials said. He was 59.

NYPD Chief of Department Carlos Gomez, right, at the Parrish Center at St. Agnes Cathedral for the wake of Det. Steven McDonald on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 in Rockville Centre. (Credit: Howard Schnapp)

 

NYPD PBA president Pat Lynch, left, leaves the Parish Center at St. Agnes Cathedral after the wake for Det. Steven McDonald on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 in Rockville Centre. (Credit: Howard Schnapp)

 

NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill leaves the Parrish Center at St. Agnes Cathedral after the wake of Det. Steven McDonald on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 in Rockville Centre. (Credit: Howard Schnapp)

 

Lines form outside the Parrish Center at St. Agnes Cathedral for the wake of Det. Steven McDonald on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 in Rockville Centre. (Credit: Howard Schnapp)

 

Lines form outside the Parrish Center at St. Agnes Cathedral for the wake of Det. Steven McDonald on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 in Rockville Centre. (Credit: Howard Schnapp)

 

Lines form outside the Parrish Center at St. Agnes Cathedral for the wake of Det. Steven McDonald on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 in Rockville Centre. (Credit: Howard Schnapp)

 

Former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly leaves the Parrish Center at St. Agnes Cathedral after the wake of Det. Steven McDonald on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 in Rockville Centre. (Credit: Howard Schnapp)

 

The NYPD had heightened security outside the Parrish Center at St. Agnes Cathedral for the wake of Det. Steven McDonald on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 in Rockville Centre. (Credit: Howard Schnapp)

 

 

Lines form outside the Parrish Center at St Agnes Cathedral for the wake of Det. Steven McDonald on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 in Rockville Centre. (Credit: Howard Schnapp)

 

Lines form outside the Parrish Center at St Agnes Cathedral for the wake of Det. Steven McDonald on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 in Rockville Centre. (Credit: Howard Schnapp)

 

Lines form outside the Parrish Center at St Agnes Cathedral for the wake of Det. Steven McDonald on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 in Rockville Centre. (Credit: Howard Schnapp)

 

NYPD officers arrive at the Parrish Center at St Agnes Cathedral for the wake of Det. Steven McDonald on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 in Rockville Centre. (Credit: Howard Schnapp)

 

Well wishers wait in line at the Parrish Center at St. Agnes Cathedral for the public wake of Det. Steven McDonald on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 in Rockville Centre. (Credit: John Roca)

 

Well wishers wait in line at the Parrish Center at St. Agnes Cathedral for the public wake of Det. Steven McDonald on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 in Rockville Centre. (Credit: John Roca)