Steven McDonald Rangers Jerseys Charity Auction To Benefit the DEA Widow’s and Children's Fund
Steven McDonald was a former U.S. Navy hospital corpsman and third generation police officer whose life came to an untimely end when he was shot in the line of duty by 15-year-old Shavod Jones, whom he was questioning about bicycle thefts in Central Park. Detective McDonald and a co-worker were on patrol in Central Park, because there had been reports about a robbery in the park. While attempting to question Jones, McDonald noticed something in a sock the boy was carrying, and when he wanted to see what it was, McDonald was shot three times. The first bullet hit him in the head, above his eye; the second hit his throat and caused him to have a speaking disability; and the third shattered his spine, paralyzing him from the neck down and leaving him quadriplegic and in need of a ventilator.
Several months after his injuries, McDonald reported to the press that he had forgiven Jones for his actions. McDonald discussed the reasons for his forgiveness in some detail in the foreword of a 2014 book titled Why Forgive?, written by friend and pastor Johann Christoph Arnold.
The recent death of Steven McDonald is being met with a tribute from the New York Rangers, McDonald's lifelong favorite team. The Rangers wore these jerseys on January 13th, 2017 during warm ups against the Toronto Maple Leafs in jerseys with "McDonald" on the nameplate and his 104 badge number below.
The Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award has been presented each season since 1987-88 to the Rangers player who goes above and beyond the normal call of duty, and is named in honor of paralyzed New York City police officer Steven McDonald. Current and former Rangers reflect on receiving the award and what McDonald meant to the New York Rangers organization:
"He is a big part of this organization for a long time, when you see him cheering on the guys you give him a nod. You recognize him for sure. He's been a Ranger for a long time, probably before I was born. It's a big honor and I am very humbled." - Mats Zuccarello: Winner in 2013-14 and 2015-16
"It's an incredible honor to be voted in by the fans. What Mr. McDonald means to this team and to this community, it's a huge honor and I have to thank the fans for that." - Cam Talbot: Winner in 2014-15.
The proceeds from these jerseys are going to the DEA Widow's and Children's Fund in honor of Steven McDonald.
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