'American Idol' Alum Phillip Phillips Honors NYPD Officer with Touching Performance: Watch

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Phillip Phillips photographed in New York City.

American Idol Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips paid his respects to New York Police Department Det. Steven McDonald this weekend by performing his song "Home" at the fallen officer's wake.

Phillips was moved when he learned that his coronation song was McDonald's favorite song, reports the New York Post

“Without hesitating Phil came," McDonald's son, Conor, told mourners.

McDonald, who died at the age of 59, was injured in the line of duty by a teen gunman in Central Park thirty years ago, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. Phillips' song got him through his final days, explains Conor, who is also an officer.

"One thing I knew when he was lying there in bed, was definitely to pray, cause he would want us to pray,” he said in his eulogy. “But I also put the phone next to his ear and would start playing, 'Home.' I mean, we played that almost every hour from Friday until Tuesday morning, when Dad passed on."

The Leesburg, Georgia native then played a reverential version of the song acoustically, saying he was "a man of few words." He concluded with a touching version of "Amazing Grace."

This isn't the first time Phillips was touched by a fan. In 2014, the big hearted Idol star took to Twitter to offer his condolences to the family of slain teen Maren Sanchez, who performed his song at a high school talent show in Milford.

Watch Phillips' touching performance at St. Agnes Parish in Rockville Centre, Long Island.

 

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