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My name is "Sgt. Nick" or Nick Donvito.  I live just north of Syracuse, NY in a large Town called Clay.  It's a huge town that actually has metropolitan status because it's larger than some of the cities here in the state.  We have over 70,000 residents in the town alone.  This is where I stated in rural law enforcement in 1975.  Now there is nothing rural left out here.  I started with the Syracuse police in 1971 and this is more like the city now than the city.  I retired in 1999 from the adjoining town of Cicero.  This now is the fast growing town in the county, I was there for ten years.  During that time I spent a lot of time at different departments and eventually became Chief of Police in two local Departments at the same time.  Drove me NUTS, so I resigned and went back to my good ole Cicero. I wanted to stay just as a patrolman, but as luck would have it my Chief went on that year to be our Counties Undersheriff and I was promoted to acting Captain that was eventually made permanent as Sergeant when the new Chief came in.  Now with all my training and schools and the Chief being an old work mate of mine from the Town of Clay, he worked me like a red headed step child!!!  I have over 3,000 hours in all sorts of police training and leadership seminars.  My wife used to save all my certificates and frame them on the livingroom wall but was afraid the walls were going to collapse, ha ha.  My resume' is geared towards law enforcement and with all my schools on it it's three pages long!!!  I loved being a cop and still do but I told Joyce many years ago, that when the job was no longer fun, I would pull the pin.  Well, in 1999 due to my damn diabetes (another souvenir from nam) and the fact that just about everyone we arrested wanted to fight, it wasn't fun any longer.  That last night has a particular significance for me that I can explain better on the phone. 
Oops, sorry to ramble on so, if we were sitting around having a few beers I would be telling you stories till tomorrow and still not be finished!!!  I don't even drink anymore, only around other vets or cops and that's not very often anymore.  It's very difficult to talk to people who haven't served in the military.  I would love to be in contact with one of our brave boys in Iraq or one that just got back or better yet, was wounded.  Maybe I could be some kind of a role model and show them that even if you are hurt and feeling bad, NEVER, NEVER feel sorry for yourself or blame anyone but the bad guy who shot or injured you.  I bear NO ill feelings towards the Vietnamese people or even the people who shot me and killed my buddies.  They were on their own ground and we were the invaders regardless who asked us to be there.  Oops, there I go again shooting my fingers off.  Sorry, but that's one thing that you will have to be patient with me about if we are going to be friends, I talk a lot with both my mouth and fingers.  That's something that I did not do for many years!!!  Brother Nick.
PS The handsome guy is me just before I went to Nam, the other is my license plate for my bike, my POV plate is the same with different numbers, these here are my two handsome steeds that were my assigned vehicles about 1983, and the last is my shirt of choice now with "retired" on it!!!

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My son's name was Nick also. Nick Jr.
I was hoping to maybe some day come out and meet up with your race car driving friend, Pam Imhoff (www.racefortime.org/) and display the bike along side her car!  I just got a call tonight asking me to be at the Syracuse Bike show next month, but I don't think we will be done by then.  They hold it out at the NYS Fairgrounds (huge place), but if you are not there very early, you just can't get into the building.  You would think that would tell some of these show sponsors that there is a market up here and to do something about it!!!  Do you know where North Royalton, Ohio is?  A dear friend of mine (101st Abn Nam Vet) and Police Lieutenant for the N. Royalton PD just passed away on Christmas Day.  He's another one of the names that I want to proudly display on the internet site!
I has a friend associated with the 1st Cav Angry Skipper organization, actually her husband is the vet but the lady's all right to me.  She sent out this story of a young lady that was horribly burned in a drunken driving accident but is still a live but in terrible shape.  She didn't know that my only son was killed in 1996 but a drunk driver along with his friend.  He was 27 years old.  The driver is now doing 25 years to life for two counts of second degree murder.  He was a big boy, a body builder and a very favorite local boxer.  I want him to be placed on the site.  Out of a large Italian and Irish family, I have only my sister and an estranged brother left.  I lost my mother to cancer in 1985 at 57 years old and then on election day my dad of 77 died of a massive heart attack just after voting.  He never drank or smoked a day in his life!!!  Then 30 days after that my 47 year old brother died of diabetes, and so on and so on.  So, other than my daughter and my two beautiful little ones and my son in laws family, we have no one.  My wife's parents and sisters are still alive and well in Florida and New Orleans.  I can't begin to tell you how many friends I have lost in the last ten years or so, not counting my two best friends who died along side me in Vietnam.  Everyone asks me how I keep on going, and I tell them that I make things to look forward to in life and I try to get there.  I think this bike has been and will be good therapy for me!  Oops, sorry to go off like this again, but some memories just can't be repressed.
Here is a photo of my son and me and one of him at he gym.  When he died three years after these photos he was twice a large as here. 

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You're website is being awarded the Gold Award for POW/MIA Awareness.  CONGRATULATIONS!
 
The National POW/MIA Awareness Assn. is more than determinded to help bring out the hushed and little knowlege American's know about what the POW/MIA stands for and represents.  Most small American children think it's two words POW and MIA.  We need to enlighten them.  For far too many years our P.O.W/M.I.A.s have been merely whispered about.  Yet we have dared to use the slogan 'NEVER FOGOTTEN'.  True, but by the FEW.  It's time to make that the MASSES.  And to keep the vigils going to bring each and every man and woman home.  Military families need the reassurance that we ALL stand together in that PROMISE.
 
You're site helps to fulfill either a part of that ideal, if not the entire ideal.  The Nation POW/MIA Awareness Assn. has decided to award you and your site their Gold Award for it.  I hope you'll accept it with honor as it is so proudly and distinguishly given.  It is also I hope to continue to build POW/MIA chapters throughout each and every state.  Joining is FREE.
 

Harley

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