Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Ryan Patrick Bonaminio

Riverside Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, November 7, 2010

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Reflections for Police Officer Ryan Patrick Bonaminio

John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

October 2, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother. We remember and honor you on the 7th anniversary of your E.O.W. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. You will not be forgotten.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

November 7, 2017

There are very few days that don't cross my mind, even all these years. You impacted me in life, and continue to do so after your passing. Your heart, true. Your example, shining.

Rest well.

Shawn Guay
- -

November 7, 2017

I did not know Hero Bonaminio, but his story always left a impact on me. I don't know why we as humans want to inflict so much pain on each other. Ryan's memory will always be with me, never forgotten......

American Dave Mystery

December 11, 2016

I did not know officer Bonaminio. But I DO know he did not deserve what he got. He was probably a good guy with friends and a close inner circle. The guy who did this should have been skinned alive. But I imagine he received the next best thing. RIP homeboy. May the wind always be
at your back.

just a brotha who cares

November 29, 2016

It's been six years since you made the ultimate sacrifice, Officer Bonaminio, and you are still remembered and missed to this day. My heartfelt condolences go out to your friends and family and to the brave men and women of the Riverside Police Department.

Taylor Ramerth
Citizen of Chandler, Arizona, and supporter of law enforcement

November 7, 2016

Still hard to believe, after five years, Ryan. You are missed, every day.

Mike Millhouse

November 7, 2015

My Dearest RyBoy,

If Love alone could have spared you,
You would have lived forever.

My heart is forever broken.

Gerri Bonaminio
Mother of Officer Ryan Patrick Bonaminio

November 7, 2015

Your courage and sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Police officer 2 David Martin

September 15, 2015

Brother... Before I was a cop I remember you responding to my church to take a burg report. You were very professional. You left me your business card with your phone number and I still have it today. You made the ultimate sacrifice and you will never be forgotten. THIN BLUE LINE!

Police Officer D Sims

March 8, 2015

Please watch my little girl in heaven. I never met you but you seem like a good cop

G Miranda

November 27, 2014

Oh Ryan what I wouldn't do to have you back with us. Please keep an eye on us and feel free to stop by anytime. You are missed more than words can discribe. Until we meet again...

Detective John Enriquez
University of California Riverside Police Department

October 7, 2014

Ryan, we think of you and your family often. We keep them in our prayers. My husband attended HS with you and also joined the army and law enforcement. Whenever we are in town we try to visit you. My kids ask who we are visiting and I tell them it is daddy's classmate from school. They love helping me set the flowers for you.
You will never ever be forgotten. Rest in Peace Ryan.

Wife of an LAPD Officer

August 24, 2014

I miss you so much RyBoy. Visited today Sunday just like all Sundays but today was so breathtaking as the Riverside National Cemetery was a sea of US of A flags for Memorial Day. You are in such great company RyBoy. You are all Heroes.

Gerri Bonaminio
Proud Mother of Officer Ryan Bonaminio

May 25, 2014

Still haven't forgotten your story Bro. Keep watch over us.


April 1, 2014

Thinking about you today, my friend.


December 5, 2013

You are missed every day, Ryan.


November 8, 2013

Ryan, thanks for your service, you are still missed by all in the law enforcement family. You've now been serving and protecting the streets of gold for three years. May God Bless your family and our family in blue. Officer Bonaminio 10-8 through the gates of heaven.


November 7, 2013

I recently had to write an essay on what my explorer post means to me. Officer Bonaminio's name comes up several times.

I would like to share it with everyone here.

Integrity. Discipline. Honor. Courage. These words are only a small fraction of terms that express my commitment in the Explorer program. My involvement in the explorer program started shortly after the passing of Officer Ryan Bonaminio in December of 2010. As a young high school student, I believed that I had an understanding of Public Service in the eyes of a JROTC cadet. However, Officer Bonaminio’s career as an MP in the Army and an Officer for the Riverside Police Department showed me something new. Officer Bonaminio showed me that there is a higher calling than just simple community service. I personally want to help people in my community so that they feel safe. For men and women in Law Enforcement to lay down their own lives for the lives of the citizens of our country, is something that takes the will of a strong individual. This pledge to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder is now my calling. The sacrifices made by men and women like Ryan Bonaminio is the reason why we are here today living are lives peacefully. A thin blue line protecting the prey from the predators. In service to others is a philosophy that I have adopted in my life from a Chief Petty Officer in the Navy. This philosophy reflects me and the profession of Law Enforcement. We are servants to the public. We keep them safe and help them live out their lives without the fear of evil closing in on them. We are here to put others before ourselves. “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13. What does the Explorer Program mean to me? It means fulfilling my dream of becoming a peace officer one day and following in the footsteps of the courageous officers before me.

Explorer Sgt. B. Geiger
Riverside Police Department

August 18, 2013

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

February 11, 2013

Your sacrifice, at the hand of a coward, honors you, your department, your chosen vocation, your service, family and friends, your community and the larger law enforcement community. I pray that your family, colleagues, friends and community continue to heal, remember and honor you.

Now the community and your department must deal with another cowardly act by a criminal resulting in the loss of one Riverside Officer and the serious wounding of another. My thoughts and prayers are with these most recent victims, their families and friends, the department and the community.

Continue to Rest in Peace - and welcome another Riverside hero in the next Life.

Retired Police Chief, Colorado
Former Riverside Resident

February 8, 2013

This community has lost someone truly amazing and it isn't fair. This world needs more people like you Officer Bonaminio, and with you gone we all suffer. God speed brother.

Officer #2704
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

January 23, 2013

I was fortunate enough to serve with Ryan OIF 2008-2009/ Fallujah/Mosul. He was not only a great Soldier, but, a great Friend....He will forever be missed and in my heart!


October 19, 2012

Still think about your story and service even after almost 2 years have gone by... My highest respect and honor for you Bro.


August 31, 2012

Rest in peace brother

P.O. Darren Billerbeck

June 26, 2012

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