Steve Bonano, a deputy chief with the NYPD, died after a two year battle with a 9/11 cancer
Steve Bonano, who rose up through the ranks of the NYPD to become a Deputy Chief, and was in charge of the Department’s elite Emergency Services Unit during the months after 9/11, died January 17, 2105 after a two year battle with a rare, lethal cancer. His doctors say the illness was a direct result of the work he did at Ground Zero during the weeks and months after the attacks of September 11, 2001. He was 53 years old.
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|"Inspiring recruits and students"
“After a thorough review by my command staff, we have decided to incorporate Brave Hearts into the curriculum at the Philadelphia Police Academy. The author has prepared detailed and thought provoking questions for each of the 14 chapters that we know will provoke discussion and enlighten our recruits about the complex, important, and challenging job they have taken on.”
– Commissioner Charles Ramsey
Philadelphia Police Department
“Brave Hearts has become an important read for college level criminal justice students. The book adds an important dimension in courses such as criminology, ethics in criminal justice, introduction to law enforcement and U.S. law enforcement.”
– Jeffrey Kuhn, Esq.
American Military University
“After reading Brave Hearts I decided to assign the book as required reading for recruits at the New Haven Police Dept. Academy. This powerful book is inspiring our new recruits in ways few other writings can."
– Dean Esserman
Chief, New Haven, CT Department
|"Should be required reading"
“The author has done my brothers and sisters in law enforcement proud and she has done herself proud. With more than twenty years of representing law enforcement officers around the country since leaving the job in 1990, I consider this book to be a must read by law enforcement officers and civilians alike. Cynthia Brown has found the perfect balance between the modest first person narration with her own deep understanding of how these officers’ actions were of great importance to the citizens they protect. Every bit as important is what those actions did to the officers and their families. Brave Hearts should be required reading by every police academy recruit.”
– Rich Roberts
International Union of Police Associations (IUPA)
"Authentic and compelling"
“Brave Hearts is a great read. One weekend and its done. It’s an authentic look inside the lives of a variety of individuals across a variety of positions within the NYPD. The stories about their experiences are compelling.”
– Thomas Fallon
|"Well written, leaves one amazed"|
“A remarkably well-written book that will leave you amazed! The book truly honors the men and women that have taken the oath and vowed to protect and serve the citizens of NYC. Quoting the officers throughout the book allows the reader to get a deeper connection with the stories that are being told. It's amazing how these great officers all feel the same way about the job. I highly recommend this book.”
– Joseph K.
“For anyone interested in police work, or wants to learn more, this is a great read. The profiles of the NYPD officers are compelling and captivating.”
– June Livermore
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