NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)NYPD Detective Steven McDonald is being honored on Long Island four years after his death.

McDonald’s widow, Patti-Ann, and the couple’s son, NYPD Sergeant Conor McDonald, helped unveil a commemorative sign at McDonald Pond in Hempstead Lake State Park on Friday.

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“He would come here. He would drive the van up. He would sit here right by the sign, and he would pray the rosary,” Patti-Ann McDonald said. “This place brought Steven a lot of solace, peace and happiness.”

McDonald, who grew up in Rockville Centre, was shot and left paralyzed in 1986 when he was a department rookie. But he forgave the gunman.

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Det. McDonald died in 2017 after suffering a heart attack.

His widow says she’s sure visitors to the pond named in her husband’s honor will also feel peace, solace and hope.

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