Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A Dream Fulfilled

In 1984, Frank Bonomo of Port Jefferson, New York tended bar at the Port Jefferson Country Club and was an active member of the Setauket Volunteer Fire Department when he received notification that he had been accepted into the FDNY.  

From the time he completed the Academy in 1984 until his life was taken from him more than seventeen years later, FF Bonomo spent his FDNY career at Engine Company 230 in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn.   On that terrible Tuesday morning almost fourteen years ago, Frank Bonomo was in the company of his brothers from Engine Company 230 when he was killed in the line of duty at the World Trade Center.  He was last seen in the South Tower.  

Frank Bonomo was forty-two years young when he died on Tuesday, September 11, 2001.  He spent almost half of his life in the service of the people of New York City as a member of the FDNY.  He balanced his career in the FDNY with his ownership/managing of a video store, his passion for the game of golf, and the love of his wife Margarite and the couple's two small children:  Joseph and Juliana.  Joseph Bonomo was only four years old when his dad died.  Juliana was just one year old. 

It is my great privilege to participate on the final Sunday of September in the Tunnel to Towers 5K Run that begins on the Brooklyn side of the Battery Tunnel and ends in Lower Manhattan in the shadow of the World Trade Center.  The Tunnel to Towers Run has been held annually since September 2002.  The 10th Anniversary Edition of the Tunnel to Towers Run took place on September 25, 2011.  I did not know then that I had had the privilege that morning of  sharing the trek from one borough to the other with eleven-year-old  Juliana Bonomo who covered the course in 59:01.  Perhaps had I run a bit more quickly, I would have been close enough to her to have made her acquaintance.  

It was a principal goal of FF Frank Bonomo to make it home to Margarite and to their children at the end of every work day.  Proof positive of the casual cruelty of the world is that slightly less than fourteen years after his death, he has still not made it home to them.  FF Frank Bonomo's body was not recovered from the World Trade Center.  His remains - to date - have not been identified.  

FF Frank J. Bonomo
Engine 230 - FDNY


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