Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Chief Steven Joseph Bonano

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, January 17, 2015

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Reflections for Deputy Chief Steven Joseph Bonano

Thank you for your service Deputy Chief Bonano. You will never be forgotten. Rest in peace...

Chief Joseph A. Edwards
Columbia Illinois Police Department

January 21, 2015

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO! May God
Give the family and friends the strength and faith to deal with this tragic loss. Words can not express my sorrow!

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell

Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright BMI © 1993 - All Rights Reserved

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

January 20, 2015

Steve, my heart is so heavy with sadness at your passing, but it swells with pride to be a member of the family of the NYPD. I did not know you, but I know of you, and your amazing accomplishments as one of the very FINEST of the Finest, and as a man. My deepest condolences to your family, friends and loved ones, and may they find comfort in knowing that you lived your life to the fullest, doing what you loved and doing it with pride, honor and dignity. You are their "Guardian Angel". May you rest in peace.

Sophia King
Mother of an ESS cop

January 20, 2015

Rest in Peace my brother, it is our watch now.
My thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends, all those that have fallen in the horrific acts of these terrorist, and all my brothers and sisters of the New York City Police Department.


Officer First Class B. P. Ruth
Baltimore County Police Department

January 20, 2015


I and many others never thought we would be saying farewell at this time in our lives. You are a motivator and have been an inspiration to many. We had some great times on and off the job, thank you! May God Bless you and your Family. Rest in Peace my Brother!

Ret. Det. Armando Rodriguez

January 20, 2015

Rest in peace sir. A true hero. Fidelis Ad Mortem.

PO Levy Eric Levy
Clarkstown PD

January 20, 2015

On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Steven died.

To the Bonano family, fellow officers, and all who call Steven beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace. I hope that your family knows that a nation mourned for you. We shall never forget any of our 9/11 heroes.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Deputy Chief Bonano gave to his community and the citizens of New York, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on January 17, 2015.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

January 20, 2015

Rest in peace brother. Thank you for your dedicated service.

Cpl. M. Davis #2614
Prince George's County Police

January 20, 2015

Our thoughts and prayers to the dear family and friends of Chief Bonano. God Bless you for your service brother. RIP, you will not be forgotten.

Sgt. Jim May (ret)
CMPD Charlotte, NC

January 20, 2015

Thank you for your service to all mankind. God will welcome you with open arms for your good works. It is he who will grant you eternal rest. May God also keep and hold your family and friends close during this tragic time. You will always be remembered in our hearts and minds. One final salute my brother. I am MyBrothersKeepr.

Marshal B. Tindle
City Of Killeen Marshals Office/Former Shreveport PD

January 20, 2015

May God bless your family, co workers, friends, and the NYPD. Thank you for your service. Rest in Peace. You will never be forgotten.

IEA Shiloah King
Immigration and Customs Enforcement

January 20, 2015

A true american hero. Rest in Peace

Correctional Officer Z. Ractliffe
Saunders County, NE

January 20, 2015

My Dear Friend Steve
I will always remember you for the laughs that we had. You were quick to tell and enjoy a joke. Everything that you set your mind accomplished. Your climb up the ranks, your pilots license, flying helicopters in the aviation unit and finishing the NYC Marathon in great time. You always enjoyed what life had to offer and enjoyed the little things. Thanks for being a good friend to me for over 25 years and I know that god has a special place for you by his side. I'll miss you pal. You're always in my prayers
Love...Chris Balabous


January 20, 2015

He was my precinct commander at the 23rd pct in 2000, deputy inspector at the time, great leader, good guy to work for.

Patrolman John Bunce
Waterford Police (former NYPD)

January 19, 2015

May God watch over your family as well as the NYPD. THANK YOU for your service my brother.

PO David Figueroa
Las Vegas Metropolitan PD

January 19, 2015

Deputy Chief Bonano,
May you rest in Heavenly Peace. May your family be forever watched over and blessed. May your friends and colleagues find comfort. Please watch over us from on high.
We will see you again dear Sir.
Thank you for your service. I will never forget your sacrifice or the sacrifice of your family.
Greater Love Hath No Man....
Prayers for all involved.

Surviving Daughter of Special Agent J. Robert Porter
Federal Bureau of Investigation
E.O.W. 8/9/79

January 19, 2015

Rest in eternal Peace, you did your duty in this life, God will use you eternally.

Retired Officer/Chaplain Chris Raup
Waco Police Dept.

January 19, 2015

I taught Steven when he was working towards his BS degree.
I never met a more dedicated, conscientious person. Steve would always
What he could do for us !!
I consider myself blessed for having known Steve.
Rest in peace, dear Steven!
There is a special place in a heaven for people of your caliber
Well done, good and faithful servant. A job well done by a very special person

Bob Dunn. St Joseph's College

January 19, 2015

My thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and co-workers of Deputy Chief Steven Bonano. Another Hero taken too soon. May God comfort you and your family as you go and touch the face of God.
Your honorable service and sacrifice and bravery to the citizens of New York City, New York will not be forgotten. God Speed and God Bless. Rest in Peace Sir.

Final Salute

VIPS 750 Jeff Claybern
Alexandria Kentucky Police Department

January 19, 2015

I was very saddened to hear that you have left us. Now you are with your brother of ESU I'm sure that I and our brothers in the 046 as well have a heavy heart. God bless you my friend.

Det. Domenick Gerardi
046 Pct. 9th Sqd. Sector C/D

January 19, 2015

Steve, it is never easy to say Good Bye to a honorable person like yourself. There are too many stories to tell and to many laughs to remember from those hot wicked nights on patrol in the Bronx, from all the details and all the times we would cross paths processing prisioners in BX central booking.
May God Bless you and your family. It is an honor to know you.

B. Tirado
NYPD - BX Homicide T.F.

January 19, 2015

God Bless you chief . Remembering the day we canvassed for the shooter in Parkchetser together with all the E men. See you later when we all end up there and you will be conducting Roll call and greet us with a smile .

Sergeant Yalcin kiyar
NYPD retired

January 19, 2015

Rest in peace...

Syracuse Police Dept, NY

January 19, 2015

Gone but will never be Forgotten
I just read a quote from one of Steves co workers saying he was one of a few NYPD bosses that put a smile on his face. I agree. But words really fall short for what needs to be expressed.
Steve - a Bronx guy like myself and my brother John- was one of many co workers that were relentless in giving our family the hope to take the next emotional step by recovering John's human remains 7 months to the day of the 9/11 attacks.
I will forever be in the debt of Steve for comforting me and so many others during our emotional times of shock and disbelief
Post 9/11 illness has really become the new Agent Orange for all 9/11 first responders and survivors.

Dan D'Allara
9/11 NYPD LODD Family Member

January 19, 2015

Deputy Chief Bonano, Thank you for your lifetime of service. May you rest in peace forever.


January 19, 2015

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