December 27, 2012

Our Fallen Heroes: Darren LaBonte

Born in October of 1974, Darren LaBonte grew up in Southwest Connecticut, where he attended Brookfield High School and excelled in football and baseball. According to his father; Darren turned down a shot at professional baseball with the Cleveland Indians and instead opted for the Army after graduating from high school.

He enlisted in 1992 and found himself in Fort Benning, GA attending the Ranger Indoctrination Program as a Mortarman. After successfully completing the program, he was assigned to the 1st Ranger Battalion out of Savannnah, GA. He stayed for two enlistments and ended up leaving the military in 2000 after eight honorable years of service.

Darren and his friend Ali bin Zeid days before both being killed by an al-Qaeda informant.

Darren was newly married working as a police officer in Illinois when the terror attacks on September 11th occurred. Unable to sit on the sidelines, he decided to to continue serving his country and “make things right,” according to his father.

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  • Jaycel Adkins via Nada Bakos twitter feed.

  • 50run50gun

    Thank you for your service Darren.

  • 4FingrsOfBurbon

    Great write up. He had the job I would love to have.

  • Copecyn924

    This quote says it ALL..... We sleep safely in our beds because rough men stand READY in the night to visit violence on those who would harm us...  George Orwell   Great read, many thanks and take care...

  • TKW406

    Solid dude and a solid write-up.  Thanks Iassen.