Islip, NY – Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter, members of the NYPD’s EMS and DEA units, joined family and friends of NYPD Det. Harry D’Onofrio at a street renaming in his honor. Born in Brooklyn, NY, the son of a New York City Police Department officer, Harry was destined for a life of service to others. At just 18 years old, Harry joined the West Sayville Fire Department, where he served as a member for an extraordinary 43 years, rising to chief from 2000-2001.
In 1984, Harry joined the NYPD. Through dedication and hard work, he rose to the rank of detective for the Emergency Service Unit. Harry would respond to many high-profile incidents, including the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, and the American Airlines Flight 587 crash.
“Though it is a small gesture to recognize a life so large, it is the Town’s great honor to display the name of local hero Det. Harry O. D’Onofrio for all to see and to remember,” said Supervisor Angie Carpenter.
In 2004, Harry retired from the NYPD. However, his call to serve did not end. He would continue to serve the community and keep the Connetquot School District Safe as a Security Officer.
At 61 years old, Harry tragically succumbed to an illness contracted while responding to and operating at the World Trade Center attack site. Harry was a devoted husband to his wife Merrill, an adored father to sons Patrick and Brian, daughters-in-law Amber and Danielle, and grandfather to four cherished grandchildren.
“Harry’s devotion to protect and to serve our community for over 43 years is a legacy that will be missed and remembered by all who knew him,” said Supervisor Carpenter.