Steven McDonald Paralysis NYPD BLUE Breaking The Special Technology Cycle Devices Steven McDonald . Detective McDonald was shot in Central Park in 1986 while chasing three teenagers. He had been married less than a year and his wife was two months pregnant. Since the shooting 18 years ago, McDonald has been paralyzed from the neck down and needed a tracheotomy to breathe. Sitting in his electric/power wheelchair, Detective shared his personal journey through anguish and anger to forgiveness and peace. . In December 2003, Steven McDonald was promoted to Detective Rank 1st Grade- the highest level in the NYPD and a step higher than expected. He got a standing ovation as Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly announced the surprise promotion during a ceremony attended by former Mayor David Dinkins. Commissioner Kelly said McDonald’s contribution to the community and his tremendous courage in overcoming adversity led to this promotion. Breaking the Cycle Detective McDonald is devoted in speaking about forgiveness especially at elementary schools and high schools as part of the “Breaking the Cycle” program led by Christopher Arnold. Eight years ago Arnold met Detective McDonald and together they created “ Project Breaking the Cycle”. Their joint commitments is part of their ongoing partnership for reconciliation that has taken them to schools around the country and around the world, including two trips to Northern Ireland. Arnold is an author, pastor, and teen counselor of the Bruderhof Communities. The Bruderhof is an international religious movement dedicated to community and non-violence. Detective McDonald shares his personal journey to many students on how he forgave his young assailant and corresponded with him. Both McDonald and Arnold were close friends with the late Father Mychal Judge (Chaplin to the NYC Fire Department) who was killed in the collapse of the World Trade Center while administering last rites to a fellow rescue worker. Father Mychal had often shared the stage with McDonald in speaking engagements on violence. Paralysis . Detective McDonald was shot in the back causing SCI which led to Paralysis. A Spinal Cord Injury is damaged to the spinal cord that results in a loss function such as mobility or feeling. The spinal cord is the primary nervous system, that runs from base of the skull to the lower back via spinal canal. The effects of SCI depends on the type of injury and the level of the injury. Detective Steven McDonald had injury to the spinal cord in the cervical region with associated loss of muscle strength in all 4 extremities also known as quadriplegia. He was paralyzed from the neck down. A spinal cord injury often provokes a profound emotional response in the patient, family members, and friends. Denial, depression, a feeling of hopelessness, and fear are normal and usual reactions. Inability to work, attend to daily life, and interact with family/friends in the usual manner, all contribute to emotional stress for Detective McDonald. Through explanations and the plans for the future may bring emotion relief for patients like Detective McDonald focuses on treatment ahead and the prospect of rehabilitation and recovery. Detective Steven McDonald was blessed with health professionals who understood the complexity of his emotions and special ongoing needs and the consistent love/support of all his family and friends throughout his ordeal. Special Devices For Paralysis Detective McDonald has been utilizing a power/electric wheel chair and a ventilator /diaphragm pacing device since his accident. A power/electric chair usually has six wheels and is steered using a joystick. It offers superior in-home maneuverability, fits almost anywhere, and turn on a dime. A power chair is designed for people who need help getting around both indoors and outdoors. They are easy to use, stable, safe, steers effortlessly, recharges overnight, adjustable for maximum comfort, and come in many models. Ventilators perform one of the most complex functions of the body. Ventilation is a process in which the lungs take in and disperse O2 the body needs and gather up and expel the carbon dioxide created as a result of body functions. Ventilators/Diaphragm Pacing Devices are commonly known as life-support devices. They promote patient comfort, prolong life for people with certain neuromuscular diseases, and patients like Detective McDonald to live at home and lead normal as nearly normal lives as possible.