Tributes to Steven McDonald


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With the passing of former NYPD officer Steven McDonald earlier today after succumbing to complications from a heart attack suffered on Jan. 6, tributes poured in from people who knew him.

A courageous detective who was shot in the line of duty while preventing a robbery, McDonald was paralyzed from the neck down becoming a quadriplegic who needed a wheelchair and ventilator to survive daily. His story is an inspiration to New Yorkers.

Former peers as well as former winners of the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award honoring the Rangers player who went above and beyond the call of duty.

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About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included two stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil games. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has scored Berkeley Carroll basketball games since 2006 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. From players, coaches to administrators, it's a first class program. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree.
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