The son of a hero detective who was shot and paralyzed got promoted Friday.
Conor McDonald, the 29-year-old son of NYPD Detective Steven McDonald, who was paralyzed from the neck down while on duty in a 1986 Central Park shooting, received a sergeant rank.
“He’s always made us proud,” the elder McDonald said. “I have to salute him now.”
The younger McDonald, who will take a new post as a supervisor at the 10th Precinct in Chelsea, was just thankful his dad could be there for his big day.
“I know it’s borrowed time with my dad, it’s a miracle he’s alive,” said Conor. “So to do it in front of him, it’s very emotional. It’s a gift from god.”
Hero Cop’s Son Joins NYPD, Will Wear Commish’s Badge December 15, 2010
NEW YORK (CBS 2/WCBS 880) — It was a story of real-life “Blue Bloods” on Wednesday, as the son of a hero cop got his own badge and gun. Both the new recruit and his badge have a long history.
Conor McDonald said police work is in his blood, reports CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown.
“Ever since I was born, there’s always police officers coming in and out of my house,” he said.
The 24-year-old recruit has a long history with the NYPD – his great-grandfather, grandfather, and uncle were all on the force.
His father, Steven McDonald, was an officer as well. He was shot while on-duty in 1986, and paralyzed from the neck down.
“I wouldn’t want that to be my son’s story,” Steven McDonald said. “I want him to save lives, but I want him to take care of his own safety as well.”