The Town of Oyster Bay will dedicate a roadway triangle in Massapequa to fallen ATF Special Agent John Capano during a special Fourth of July ceremony on Wednesday.
The dedication will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the corner of Biltmore Boulevard and Franklin Boulevard, and the town will honor the former Massapequa resident for his commitment to the country and the local community.
“John cared about this country, his family, his friends, the community and everyone else with whom he came in contact,” Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto said in a statement. “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.”
Capano, a 23-year veteran of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, was running an errand for his father on New Year’s Eve last year when he died during a struggle with a robber at a Seaford pharmacy. A retired Nassau County cop also tried to confront the robber and fired the fatal gunshot that killed Capano.
Aside from his law enforcement work in the area, Capano also served time in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Venditto called the fallen agent a “true American hero,” who paid the ultimate sacrifice when he tried to stop the New Year’s Eve robbery.
“[Wednesday’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,” Venditto added.