Detective Sergeant John M. Bonin

Detective Sergeant John M. Bonin

Meriden Police Department, Connecticut

End of Watch Monday, June 12, 1922

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John M. Bonin

Detective Sergeant John Bonin suffered a fatal heart attack while chasing three juveniles in the Bradley Woods, off of Hanover Street.

He observed the three juveniles in the woods, including a girl whose father had previously called police expressing concerns about. As he started walking towards them they three began to run. As Sergeant Bonin chased after them he suddenly collapsed having suffered a fatal heart attack. His body was found after he failed to return to the police station or to his home.

Sergeant Bonin had served with the Meriden Police Department for 21 years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 51
  • Tour 21 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Not available

foot pursuit, suspicious person

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Detective, sometimes throughout time the memory of a hero gets lost in an ever evolving and changing world, but the service and sacrifice is always there and will never be lost. I am honored to be the second of what I am sure will be many more reflections to say thank you and acknowledge the hero that you are for the sacrifice you made on this day 98 years ago. Rest in peace sir.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo (Retired)
Delaware State Police

June 12, 2020

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