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Brian McDonnell
Age: 38
Occupation: Emergency Service Unit
Worked for: NYPD
Originally from: Wantagh, NY
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From NY Times Dec 15, 2001

Brian McDonnell: 'A Cop's Cop'

Maggie McDonnell is trying to keep Christmas normal for her two children. Their Long Island lawn is decorated in lights and they will have a tree. The tree will be decorated in red, white and blue, and Daddy's police cap will stand atop it.

Brian McDonnell was a member of the Emergency Service Unit Truck 1, stationed on East 21st Street in Manhattan. He was last seen heading into the south tower. "Brian was a cop's cop," Mrs. McDonnell said. "When people get in trouble they call the police; when the police get in trouble they call Emergency Services."

But more important to him than the job were his children, Katie, 8, and Thomas, 3. When his daughter was born, he was there in the delivery room holding his wife's hand, gently weeping.

A former Army paratrooper, Officer McDonnell, 38, was never decorated in his 15-year career because he never wrote himself up for an commendation. "He wasn't showy," his wife said. "It wasn't his nature. He just wanted to help people."

Once, he saw a little girl waving to him and the mother pulled her in the window and scolded her: "'Don't wave to him, police are bad,'" Mrs. McDonnell recalled. "It crushed him."
-- Anon (Friend { })
21 Dec 2001

HEY BRIAN I GUESS ITS BEEN ABOUT TIME YOU HEARD FROM ME OTHER THAN IN MY PRAYS. I BET YOU NEVER THOUGHT YOU WOULD HERE THESES WORDS FROM ME, I MISS YOU MORE THAN YOU COULD EVER IMAGINE. NOTHING FEELS RIGHT SINCE YOU ARE GONE. I AM KEEPING MY PROMISE TO YOU, I AM TAKING CARE OF YOUR FAMILY AS IF THEY ARE MY OWN JUST LIKE YOU ASKED M TOO. YOU WOULD BE SO PROUD OF MAGGIE SHE IS DOING A GREAT JOB. SHE ACHES FOR YOU DAY AND NIGHT. STEVE AND I HAD ANOTHER BOY, ON ST.PATRICK'S DAY, SO THERE I CAN STILL OUT IRISH YOU. ONLY I DIDN'T NAME HIM PATRICK LIKE WE ALL DISCUSSED. HIS NAME IS BRIAN MCDONNELL MAHER- GURNIAK. I COULD NOT GO THROUGH THE REST OF MY LIFE WITHOUT CALLING SOMEONE MAC. I KNOW YOU APPROVE, AND IF YOU DON'T TOUGH. I MISS YOU ALWAYS AND LOVE YOU FOREVER. STACEY
-- STACEY MAHER-GURNIAK (Friend {})
29 Jun 2004

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