Friday, 13 July 2012 00:00
It was a melancholy Fourth of July in Massapequa last week. While the annual parade took place to a large crowd, there was a more subdued ceremony in another part of the village.
On the morning of July 4, the Town of Oyster Bay dedicated a roadway triangle at the corner of Biltmore Boulevard and Frankel Boulevard in Massapequa in memory of ATF Special Agent John Capano, who perished while struggling to subdue a robbery suspect at a Seaford pharmacy.
In attendance was Capano’s widow, Dori, plus the couple’s two children, John and Natalie. Scott Parlatore, Capano’s longtime friend and neighbor, joined with Supervisor John Venditto and the town in helping coordinate the event and to design the memorial triangle.
“John cared about this country, his family, his friends, the community and everyone else with whom he came in contact,” said Venditto. “He will forever be remembered as a hero who put himself in harm’s way in the service of others. This dedication ceremony is the town’s way of showing how much we cared about him.”
ATF Special Agent Capano was a 23-year veteran of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives who went on missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was a patriot and proud resident of Massapequa. He resided near where the dedication ceremony in his honor will take place. To those who served with him professionally, he stood out, even among elite law enforcement officials. The flag that was hoisted at the memorial triangle has also flown over the United States Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq in honor of Capano.
“ATF Special Agent John Capano is a true American hero,” Venditto added. “He paid the ultimate price serving his fellow citizens. Today’s dedicated flag and monument, situated prominently in Massapequa’s Biltmore Shores community where he and his family proudly lived for many years, will serve as reminder to all residents of his sacrifice.”