Paralyzed NYPD Officer

Westchester Detectives Association helps pair service dog with paralyzed NYPD officer

By , May 13, 2009

The Westchester County Detective Association has donated $10,000 to help pair a service dog with Detective Terrence McGhee, a New York City police detective who suffered paralysis last July while working with the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

During a ceremony yesterday aboard the Intrepid Air, Sea and Space Museum, association members made the donation to The Tower of Hope, an organization founded by Cathy Carilli in memory of her husband, Tom Sinton, who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. The "Lighting the Path" gala, held during National Police Week, included ceremonies honoring wounded veterans and their service dogs. Representatives of the county association joined McGhee's son, also named Terry, who is a member of the U.S. Army Reserves and who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"What better way to celebrate our 50th anniversary than to acknowledge a hero like Detective McGhee, who has been called 'a man's man,' a cop's cop, and a true hero'?" said Pascal Storino Jr., a retired member of the Westchester District Attorney's Computer Crime Squad and past-president of the nonprofit fraternal association. "Terry's dedication, professionalism, loyalty and character should be an inspiration to us all. We hope that his service dog will aid him in his recovery by performing tasks that Terry cannot yet perform, and by providing him with companionship. We wish him a speedy recovery and God's blessing."

From LoHud.com, the on-line edition of the Journal News serving Westchester, Putnam
and Rockland counties in New York