National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Roll of Honor

Age: 42
Year of Death: 2001

Frank J. Bonomo

Frank was a loving husband‚ son‚ brother and incredible dad to Joseph‚ 4 and Juliana 1. He lived a full life enriched with many friends. He was an achiever in life. His favorite pastime was golf. He always said he wanted to practice and play enough to be on the Senior Tour. He was so determined that he built a putting green on the side of our house. This became a big joke because he was never the handy man around our house yet he worked for months to get his green green.

We called him the M & M‚ hard on the outside but had the biggest heart. He will be sorely missed.

Memorial Posts


Memorial Wall

  • (will not be published)

  1. After September 11 I was given an NYPD tribute hat with Frank’s name on it. I do not know much about this brave man but I know it is a name I will never forget. God bless him and his family as we mark 15 years since that day.

    – Chip
  2. I carried your name and photo today on the Gettysburg 9/12 Memorial Stair Climb. I read your bio before I began and shared it and your nickname with my fellow walkers. At the end of 2000 stairs, I rang a fire bell and called out your name. Rest in peace.

    – Joy
  3. I had the privilege to climb the stairs in your honor this weekend at the Pierce Memorial 9/11 Stair Climb at Lambeau Field in Green Bay this weekend. I rang the Bell at the 78th floor with three solemn rings for you. Thank you for your sacrifice.

    – Joe Malecki
  4. I participated in the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in Green Bay, WI on 9/10/16 and was given this brave man’s picture badge to climb with and ring the bell in honor of. I thank you for your sacrifice.

    – Samantha
  5. I have carried, Mr. Bonomo’s picture badge for the last 2 years out of 6. It’s an honor to climb for him and to represent all the heros that died on 9/11/2001. After completing 110 stories, I announced his name and his engine. I pray his family finds peace in knowing that he is never forgotten and will always be remembered with the honor he deserves. #neverforget

    Brent Fernandez
  6. I had the honor this year to do the 9/11 2017 stair climb in Green Bay WI at Lambeau Field in honor of your husband,dad and brother. This is the 3rd year that I had the honor to do this climb for all those who risked their lives that day to rescue others. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your sacrifice

    – Sue
  7. I had the honor to walk,ring the bell in honor of this brave and courageous the 9/11 2017 stair climb in Green Bay WI. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your sacrifice.

    – Sue
  8. I climbed 2,071 steps today for the 9.11 Tower Challenge in Tucson, Arizona wearing Mr. Bonomo’s name on my wrist. Thank you so much, Sir, for your selfless service.

    – Melissa V.
  9. I had the honor of representing FF Bonomo at the 2019 New York Memorial Stair Climb. He willingly made the ultimate sacrifice out of pure selflessness. I will do my best to honor the spirit of that choice. We will never forget his courage and service.

    – Chris B.
  10. I knew Frank and his friend Tony. I was on the campus police at Stony Brook. My knowledge of Frank
    was that he would never leave the world trade center until he was sure that every person was out of the building. He was a man of incredible courage.

    – Daniel CLARKE
  11. Today I had the honor of carrying Frank Bonomo’s name as I did the memorial stair climb on the 18th anniversary of 9-11. As I climbed 78 floors I thanked Frank for making the ultimate sacrifice and prayed for his family, what a hero.

    – Brittney M.
  12. My husband and I participated in the Charlotte 911 Memorial Stair Climb today for the first time 9/14/19 and we were give. Frank’s name and picture to carry on our climb. #neverforget. We are so sorry for your loss.

    – Kim & Gerry Carlin
  13. I did not know Frank but I just graduated college with his son, Joe, who was just 4 years old at the time of his father’s tragic death. Joe is an amazing kid and one of my favorite people that I met while at college. God bless the Bonomo family.

    – Ryan N
  14. Just spotted his name on one of my photographs of the Twin Towers memorial. A random name suddenly gets a face and a personality. It’s so important to feel and understand better what happened that day not only to the world we’ve known since then, but especially to many families. R.I.P. hero!

    – Daniel
  15. I met Frank when we were 10 years old in the 5th grade. We went through high school, and played baseball together. I am sorry we never got the chance to golf together. He was always great fun to be around. His bravery and heroism will never be forgotten.

    – Mike Burkoff
  16. Today will be the 5th time that I will climb the stairs at Cahokia Mounds in Collinville IL. We are given a headband with the name of a fallen hero & I have kept my band and climbed in Frank’s honor every year. He will not be forgotten.

    – Cindy Harbaugh
  17. Frank was a friend. He gave me a coffee mug that was given to him by an AD co. At his and FatherTV repair and video store. I was looking at it. I asked him if we’re to use it. He said No, take it. I still have it. Today, I took it out and said “Here’s thinking of you Frank. 9/11/21.

    – Rich Kaye
  18. I carried Firefighter Frank Bonomo’s name on my chest on 9/11/2021 for the Sioux Falls Firefighters Association Step Up for Heroes Memorial Stair Climb. It was my honor to “carry” him with me and learn about the life and legacy of a real hero, I laid a rose in your honor before we started the climb. Gone but never forgotten

    – Jason Janssen
  19. Yesterday I ran the Tunnel to Towers 5k and ran with Frank Bonomo’s badge. I never met him but from what I’ve read what an awesome person. RIP and honored to have run in your memory.

    – Ann Swayka
  20. I taught my students a lesson on 9/11 and we had some profound discussions for 11 and 12 yr olds who weren’t even alive then. I also showed them my pics from my visit to the memorial and one had Mr. Bonomo’s name in the center, which led to them discovering he was a firefighter and more research about the fire departments’ roles that day and in NYC as a whole. The best kind of learning day and one I’ll remember.

    We honor Mr. Bonomo and all those lost that day.

    – Amy