Riverside Police Department
Officer Ryan Bonaminio
Riverside Police Department Officer Ryan Bonaminio, a four year veteran of the department and a United States Army Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom was shot by a suspect following a traffic stop and foot pursuit in the area of Market St. and Fairmount Park in Riverside. The incident began when a citizen called the Riverside Police Department Dispatch Center, at approximately 9:45 pm on November 7, 2010, to report a hit and run collision at the 60 Freeway and Market Street.
Officer Bonaminio was on routine patrol when he attempted to pull over a semi-truck believed to be involved in the incident. The semi-truck failed to yield to the police car's lights and siren and traveled southbound Market Street from the 60 freeway. The semi-truck stopped in front of Fairmount Park and the then unknown male driver exited and ran into the park. Officer Bonaminio ran after the suspect. When backup officers arrived in the area, they found Officer Bonaminio on the ground with a gunshot injury. Officer Bonaminio was transported by paramedics to Riverside Community Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
Officer Bonaminio's Biography
Officer Ryan Bonaminio was born in Riverside, California on November 25, 1982, to Joseph and Geraldine Bonaminio, along with his brother Christopher and sister Nicole. He was raised in Riverside, California and graduated in 2000 from Riverside's Ramona High School.
After high school, Ryan joined the United States Army. He completed his Army Basic training and Military Police training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Ryan served two tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was a military police officer with the 314th Military Police and his assignments included serving in Umm Qasr, Kuwait City, Bagdad, and Mosuc. He also served in the 282nd Base Support Battalion in Hohenfels, Germany. Officer Bonaminio served with honor and distinction and was highly praised by his peers and superiors. He earned several medals including the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Reserve Mobilization Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Army Reserve Overseas Training Ribbon, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, and Expert Qualification Badge- 9mm pistol.
Ryan transitioned from military service to law enforcement with the Riverside Police Department on July 7, 2006. He continued his commitment to the US Army Reserves. According to his US Army Military Police Reserve Sergeant Tamara Colosimo, "Ryan has always done what is morally right. He has integrity in everything that he does. Ryan would make a great police officer." Ryan graduated from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Academy on December 21, 2006. Following his graduation from the Field Training Program, he was assigned to Field Operations, where he was very proactive in his favorite area of the city; the North Neighborhood Policing Center.
Ryan’s core values resonated in his belief in service to the community. He actively connected with residents and always knew what was happening in his beat area. Ryan was always trying to better himself and had a terrific sense of humor reserved for his closest friends. Ryan was an avid Anaheim Ducks Hockey Team fan and season ticket holder.
The funeral service for RPD Officer Ryan P. Bonaminio was
held on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 10:00 am at The Grove Community Church in Riverside.
Services were presided over by Pastor Tom Lance.
Acheson and Graham Mortuary organized the funeral
Ryan P. Bonaminio is interred at Riverside National Cemetery (http://www.rncsc.org)
Donations can be made to the “Officer and Family Assistance Fund” via the Riverside Police Officers’ Association, 1965 Chicago Ave Suite B, Riverside, CA 92507, Phone (951) 784-1034 www.rpoa.org.
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