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 and sacrifice. My condolences to your family, friends and coworkers of the New York City Police Department. May you rest in peace.

Ptlm. William F. Shields
Federal Reserve Police/Philadelphia - Retired/Haverford Police

January 22, 2015

Rest, brother.

Cpl Steve Headley
Mishawaka, IN police

January 22, 2015

God, filled with mercy, dwelling in the heavens' heights,
bring proper rest beneath the wings of your Lord,
amid the ranks of the holy and the pure,
illuminating like the brilliance of the skies the soul of Steven Banano who went to his eternal place of rest.
May You who are the source of mercy shelter him beneath Your wings eternally,
and bind his soul among the living, that he may rest in peace. And let us say: Amen.

Bill Mann
Civilian Supporter
South Pasadena, CA

January 22, 2015

A police officer should be remembered not by how he died, but how he lived! A great man has gone to secure a safe path for the rest of us to follow. Thank you to you, your family and the New York Police Department. Our country is a little less safe without you. Rest in Peace Brother!


January 22, 2015

Godspeed chief. we will take it from here. You shall be at each rookies side whilst they walk their beat. God bless chief and rest in peace.

Former Police Explorer Sergeant Adrian G
Miami Dade Police Department

January 22, 2015

Rest in peace brother. Thank you for your brave service. You will be greatly missed

Patrol supervisor Brady Johnson
Anoka county rangers/ u.s. Army

January 22, 2015

may HIS light shine perpetual upon his face

Chief Jim Allen (Retired)
Mobile County Child Support Enforcement
Mobile County, Alabama

January 22, 2015

Heroes live forever. Prayers to family and friends.

Team Texas

January 22, 2015

Rest in peace hero, your dedication, devotion, and loss of your life by saving others will never be forgotten. Prayers for your family and department.

Retired Police Officer Bob Lester
Midland Texas Police Department

January 22, 2015

They will NEVER be forgotten! God rest their soles and give their families, friends and co-workers peace and comfort.

"Let us not mourn that such men died, but rejoice that such men lived".
General George S. Patton

SMSgt (USAF-Retired) Ed Keeney
USAF Security Police

January 22, 2015

Thanks for your service sir RIP

Corporal Jackie Robertson
Lewisburg Tennessee Police

January 22, 2015

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You are a Hero Deputy Bonano. Thank you for doing your job. Rest in peace Dear Brother. God bless. "Heroes Live Forever"

Surviving Sister of Deputy Sheriff Steve

January 22, 2015

Chief Banano, may you rest in peace our brother. You will never be forgotten.

Sgt Richard Eckert
Town of Chester Police Dept

January 21, 2015

Thank you Sir for your service. Rest In Peace my Brother in Blue.

Correction Officer J.Lamar
Limestone County Sheriff office Athens,AL

January 21, 2015

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

January 21, 2015

Someone should write a book about this NYPD hero. God bless Steve Bonano’s soul, an unfathomable loss!!

Carlos sgrt.

January 21, 2015

Rest easy, brother sheepdog. Your watch has ended, we will take it from here.

Officer Joseph Walker
Niobrara, Nebraska Police Department

January 21, 2015

Rest in peace brother. We've got your watch

Special Agent Mike Tamez
Kingsville Specialized Crimes and Narcotics Task Force

January 21, 2015

Feel His presence as God answers the prayers of many who have fallen to their knees on your behalf. Since the day of my son's death, I have carried every law enforcement officer and their family in my heart.

Every morning I go to my knees. During that time I pray:

“Lord, Be with all law enforcement officers. Keep them safe and free from harm. They are your soldiers on the front line of the battle against evil. If one should fall this day - wrap their family in your loving arms. Surround them with Your angels, family and loving, caring people to comfort them. Ease their pain. Help them to mourn well. In Jesus' name, Amen”

I have lifted you and your family to God every morning for the past three years. Feel those prayers. God is with you; He knows and will ease your pain.
Our faith helps us see beyond the grave.

Pamela Hotsinpiller
Mother of
Deputy United States Marshal
Derek W. Hotsinpiller
EOW 2-16-2011

January 21, 2015

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

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