The crowd was a compilation of family, fellow police officers, friends, neighbors and strangers who gathered to pay homage to slain Police Officer Ryan Bonaminio tonight, this Veterans Day 2010, in front of the Riverside Police Department. Ryan’s father spoke to the crowd and brought both tears and smiles to the sea of faces. It just doesn’t seem right that a father must say goodbye to his son in such a way.
We as a community are better for knowing Ryan, maybe not personally, but knowing that he protected us for four years as a Police Officer. Thank you, Ryan, for also serving two tours of Operation Iraqi Freedom while in the United States Army!