Police Officer Brian G. McDonnell
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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."
- The New York Times 12/15/2001

McDONNELL-Brian, N.Y.P.D. Police Officer. Tragically lost in the line of duty on September 11, 2001 in the World Trade Center disaster. Survived by his beloved wife Margaret and cherished children Katie and Thomas, dear brothers Robert and Kevin, devoted sister Alicia, and his loving mother Ann Claire. Brian was a loyal friend to many, and he will be sorely missed. His command was Emergency Service Squad #
- The New York Times 10/11/2001

Police officer Brian McDonnell wanted to change the world, and he'd do anything to save a life. A member of New York City's emergency service unit, his squad was among the first to respond to the World Trade Center disaster Tuesday.

"He thought about others before himself," said Glenn Gering, a close friend who grew up with McDonnell, 38, in Wantagh. "He wanted to change the world," Gering said.

The Emergency Service Unit is made up of about 350 men and women who risk their lives to save others. Fourteen members of the unit are unaccounted for.

McDonnell, who has been a police officer for more than 10 years and was a member of the armed forces before that, is a devoted husband and father of two, Gering said.

McDonnell was supposed to go to Gering's house tomorrow for cake and coffee. "Unfortunately, because of our schedules, we didn't get together as often as we would have liked," Gering said.

"I hope all of America will never forget this horrific act of terror," Gering said in a letter to Newsday, vand more importantly, never forget my friend, Brian McDonnell, an American hero."

- New York Newsday Victim Database 9/15/2001

Police Officer Brian G. McDonnell, 38, was first appointed to the NYPD on January 20, 1987, and began his career on patrol in Neighborhood Stablization Unit 3. He took a brief leave of absence to join the police department in Tucson, Arizona, but was reappointed to the NYPD on October 16, 1990. Prior to being assigned to ESU, he worked in the 106 and 110 Precincts, as well as the Narcotics Division and Patrol Borough Queens South Task Force. A veteran of the United States Army, he served in the 82nd Airborne Division, and was also a graduate of the State University of New York at Farmingdale. His hobbies included power lifting, swimming, diving, cooking, bicycling, soccer, auto repair, and the martial arts. He is survived by his wife Margaret; children Katie and Thomas; mother Ann; sister Alicia; and brothers Kevin and Robert.
- SPRING 3100, Commemorative Issue

(patch created by Dee Cook for the
CubScout Pack 233 Memorial American Flag Quilt)

(patch from Barnum Woods Elementary School Quilt)

Thank you to Brian's brother-in-law Jorge for these 4 pictures