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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

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


January 19, 2015

"The Final Inspection"
The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"
The policeman squared his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry badges can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.
But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep....
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here,
Lord, It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't.....I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."
Author Unknown

Sergeant Chad Miner
Powell Police Department

January 19, 2015

Thank you for your services

IEa Salvador Corona
Deptment of homeland security

January 18, 2015

Thank You ,You Sir are a True Hero!

Phoenix Police Deaprtment

January 18, 2015



January 18, 2015

Steve, may your good nature & character forever be remembered-I will forever remember our friendship back in the Bronx days . My condolences to your family, you will be in my prayers 10/2 my friend 10/2 safely ,,,,,,,,

detective Larrry Paschetti (ret)

January 18, 2015

Chief Bonano thank you for all you did for the New York Police Department. Your devotion to your fellow policemen will never be forgotten. Bless your family, friends, your fellow officers and the NYPD, and the City of New York. EOW 1 Jan 2017

MSgt LW Harney
USAF Police/Postal Service

January 18, 2015

Steven, you were a source of pride to your family and friends. Your courage, kindness and intelligence were evidenced in the way you lived your life and fought this final adversary.
My love to you and your family cousin. May you rest in peace.

Vivian Viloria-Fisher

January 18, 2015

To my childhood friend Steven Bonano I was devastated and heart broken when I found out about your passing. Even though our paths did not cross on a regular basis when they did it always brought a smile to my face.. I know find myself reminiscing about our childhood and the great times we had, it was so different then. I remember when we played football till our parents called us in, but most importantly. I'm remembering the last words we shared. If I only had known those would be our last words , I would never have walked away as our conversation ended. My dear friend, May God Bless you, and may you rest in peace.

Correction Officer Richard Sicardo(Ret)N
NYC Dept of Correction.Childhood friend

January 18, 2015

I have been to NYC several times since 2007 for the 9/11 aniversary ceromony on Sept. 11, and the Father Mychal Judge Walk of Rememberance. The stories of heroics and heros are endless and boundless. Another hero has left us. God's speed and God bless, him, his family, and all of our brothers and sisters in blue of NYC.
Rest in peace brother.

Sgt. Paul Schanno- Honor Guard Member
State of MN Dept. of Corrections MCF-Stillwater

January 18, 2015


To the family, friends, and colleagues of Deputy Chief of Police Steven Bonano:

From the beginning of time after Cain killed his brother, Abel, there has been a need for law enforcement officers to protect the weak and to bring evildoers to justice. This work is necessary in a sinful world and is dangerous. On September 11, 2001, some seventy police officers have sacrificed their lives to protect the citizens of New York City, New York, and unfortunately the list continues to grow even now. Today, we honor the sacrifice of Deputy Chief of Police Steven Bonano, of the New York City, New York Police Department; who died from blood cancer contracted after inhaling toxic materials as he participated in the rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Lord God, we are grateful for the life of Deputy Chief of Police Steven Bonano. He died serving us. Help us never to forget. Help us celebrate the life of Deputy Chief of Police Steven Bonano and honor his sacrifice. Be with the family, friends, and colleagues of this fallen hero. Comfort them and give them your strength. Guide those who seek to take care of the family of this hero. May those empowered to do so, care for them with integrity. In commemorating the death of this hero, help those who mourn to remember that death is not the end. Death does not have the final say, but is simply the transition to the glorious life to come. They should look forward to that life to come with joy and thanksgiving.

As for the citizens of New York City, New York, help them to faithfully equip their police officers with the best tools to protect their community. May their training be adequate to the task. Help the citizens of New York City, New York, to remember to pay their police officers fairly and treat them with respect. Help the citizens of New York City, New York, to obey the law and treat each other with dignity so as not to add to the burden of crime and pain to their community.

The time for mourning will soon pass. We have now remembered and celebrated the life lost in this great tragedy. As the family, friends, and colleagues of Deputy Chief of Police Steven Bonano go forward, they must celebrate the good things in their lives; and to celebrate life itself!

Finally, Lord God, we pray for the families, friends, and colleagues of all the law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line-of-duty and we thank you for their sacrifices. Bless the lives of their families, friends, and colleagues so they might find healing. Help their law enforcement organizations support the families of these fallen heroes. Even though their deaths might have been senseless, make something good come out of these situations so that their law enforcement organizations and the communities in which they lived and served might be stronger because of their lives and their deaths.

Now, Deputy Chief of Police Steven Bonano, may the Lord bless you, and keep you: the Lord make His face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you: the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace. Amen.

In His Service,

Police Chaplain Steven R. Closs
Retired Captain of Police of the Nashua NH Police Department
Police Chaplain of the Merrimack NH Police Department
The Peacemakers Prayer Ministry

Police Chaplain Steven R. Closs
Merrimack NH Police Department

January 18, 2015

Yet another fatality due to 9-11. Rest in peace brother. I would gladly take your place

Firefighter/Police officer 1986-2005 ret
Ridgefield police department retired

January 18, 2015



January 18, 2015

Steven, I am saddened by your death at such a young age. I still remember when we got promoted to LT and Captain and how much in awe Of you and all of your accomplishments I was You still had much more to live for and I hope you are at peace.

Captain Julio Ocampo (retired)

January 18, 2015

Deputy Chief Bonano, words cannot say enough to praise you and all rescue workers for saving all those lives that you and all rescue workers saved that awful day. Thank you thank you thank you for your service. Rest in peace

josh Holcomb Former Army MP

January 18, 2015

Rest in peace, shipmate.

SR Joshua Bircher

January 18, 2015

Thank you Deputy Chief Bonano for your ultimate sacrifice for our country and fellow Americans. You ran toward the fires and destruction while others were running away. You put everything aside to rescue so many lives. You will not be forgotten. Your dear family is in our thoughts and prayers as they remember and celebrate your life. Thank you for your service and to your family for sacrificing their time for you to help others. God Bless you and your family.

Ct. Police Officer

January 18, 2015

The promise... Always honored, never forgotten.

Sgt. T. J. Jones.
Greater Cleveland Transit Police Department, Ohio

January 18, 2015

Thank you for your service and may you rest in peace.

Detective Drew Young

January 18, 2015

Thank you Deputy Chief Bonano for your years of hard work and dedication and for paying the ultimate sacrifice for the fine folks in the great state of New York. You are a true AMERICAN HERO !!!!!! My thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and co-workers. May you forever, rest in peace, my brother.


Sergeant Mitchell G. Cheselka (Retired)
Orange County Sheriff, California
Polk County Sheriff, Oregon

January 18, 2015

Chief Bonano, words can not express your loss to the law enforcement community, friends and family members. Your commitment to excellence was second to none. Your ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten .

Senior Deputy Dave Zajac
Walton County Georgia Sheriff Office

January 18, 2015

Thank you for your service during some of the darkest days in the USA. God Bless and Godspeed.

Lisa B.

January 18, 2015

Rest In Peace Brother.

Detective Kris Bentz (Ret)
Cirrus County Sheriff's Office

January 18, 2015

Thank you & your family for your service to your city & the people of it on that dreadful day. May God comfort the ones left behind & leave them with all the good memories made. Rest In Peace.

Citizen Tracy Corley

January 18, 2015

Such a brave soul, that died trying to save others. I salute you sir...

Lieutenant Ken Vanduser
Pottawatomie county Sheriff office OK.

January 18, 2015

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