NYPD Commissioner William Bratton sadly advised that Deputy Chief Steven Bonano has passed away following a long illness. Chief Bonano, 53, died from a rare form of blood cancer presumably contracted from inhaling toxic substances during his efforts as a 9/11 first responder to the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001.
At the time of the WTC destruction, he was the Commander of NYPD’s elite Emergency Services Unit Chief Bonano worked the Ground Zero operation for several months.
More than 900 9/11 First Responders have died as a result of a variety of illnesses, which are believed to be directly attributed to their response to the disaster. For his rescue efforts, Chief Bonano was awarded the Police Combat Cross, NYPD’s second highest award.
Chief Bonano died early Saturday at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center with his close friends, family, and loved ones by his side.
During his tenure as an NYPD officer, he received a Harvard MBA and his pilot’s license.
Chief Bonano, a Navy veteran, served the NYPD for 30 years.
Deputy Chief Steven Bonano-gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Saturday, January 17, 2015.
Graphic created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow
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