Police Officer Ryan P. Bonaminio

Written by Steve Ballinger. Posted in Memorial

Police Officer Ryan P. Bonaminio

Riverside Police Department

On the night of November 7, 2010, 27 year old Riverside Police Officer, Ryan Bonaminio was gunned down by parolee, Earl Ellis Green following his traffic-stop of a suspected hit and run driver. The incident occurred near the entrance of Fairmont Park.

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 and graduated from Ramona High School.

After high school, Ryan joined the United States Army. He served two tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, as a military police officer with the 314th Military Police. His assignments included serving in Umm Qasr, Kuwait City, Bagdad, and Mosuc. He also served in the 282nd Base Support Battalion in Hohenfels, Germany. Wherever he served, he always served with honor and distinction. He was highly praised by his peers. 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 Oversees 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 U.S. Army Reserves. According to his U.S. Army Military Police Reserve Sergeant, Tamera 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 his community. He actively connected with residents and always knew what was happening in his beat area. Riverside Police Department Chief of Police, Sergio Diaz stated, “Officer Ryan Bonaminio’s tragic death is a reminder to all of us in the law enforcement family that the supreme sacrifice of our service is also a cost borne by our loved ones, our families, and our community.

Ryan was always trying to better himself and had a terrific sense of humor reserved for his closest friends. The one thing he showed to everyone was his smile. He was always smiling. We’ll never forget his smile.

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