Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Based on the best-selling memoir by Brian MacDonald, the cable-TV docudrama My Father's Gun detailed the lives and careers of three generations of New York City cops. MacDonald's narrative started when his maternal grandfather Thomas Skelly literally bought his way onto the police force in 1893, later becoming a hero by rescuing survivors of the "General Slocum" excursion-boat disaster of 1904 (the most catastrophic event in the city's history until the Twin Towers tragedy of 2001). Most of the footage was devoted to MacDonald's father Frank McDonald Sr., who for many years commanded the Bronx' infamous 41st Precinct and Brian's "brother in blue" Frank Jr., who served as a city detective for twenty years. Combining interviews, archival phoots and filmclips and the occasional re-enactment, My Father's Gun made its first History Channel appearance on June 24, 2002.