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John Capano was product of Seaford Public Schools before career as agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Slain ATF agent John Capano is being honored by the school district he attended as a youngster this week not far from where he was tragically responding to the armed robbery of a local pharmacy.

All American flags in the Seaford School District were placed at half-mast this week after Capano, an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), was shot and killed responding to an  of in Seaford. A moment of silence is also planned in honor of Capano at the start of Thursday night’s Seaford Board of Education meeting taking place at starting at 7:30 p.m.

Capano of Massapequa was picking up cancer medication at Charlie’s for his elderly father shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday when James McGoey of Hampton Bays entered the store demanding cash and drugs, prompting the ATF agent and two other men to confront the suspect as he fled out the front door. A shootout ensued and both Capano and McGoey were killed. told the New York Post and ABC News they believe the bullet that struck Capano came from the gun of retired Nassau County police Lt. Christopher Geraghty, 54, who responded to the scene along with off-duty New York City Police Officer Joseph Arbia, 29, of Seaford.

Seaford Superintendent of Schools Brian Conboy recalls growing up with Capano as a youngster and still running into him often at a 7-Eleven in Massapequa and catching up on old times. Capano and Conboy both attended the former Seaford Avenue Elementary School and participated in Boy Scouts and Seaford Little League together. Conboy said Capano was very active with the in Seaford and was a skilled athlete.

“He had very strong ties to the community,” said Conboy, a Massapequa resident. “He comes from a very community-minded family.”

Prior to being gunned down during the New Year’s Eve Seaford armed robbery, Capano was in his 24th year as an ATF agent and assigned to the New York Field Division’s Long Island Field Office. The Seaford native was a member of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association and the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI) who had had taught U.S. military and local forces in Afghanistan and Iraq how to investigate blasts.

A funeral mass for Capano is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Friday at  in Seaford followed by burial at St. Charles Cemetery in East Farmingdale. A wake will be held at  in Seaford on Wednesday and Thursday with visiting hours on both days  from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Celine Gallagher January 05, 2012 at 02:09 AM
God help His Poor Dad and his Family, may he Rest in Peace, and God be good to him as he did Good here on this Earth, RIP
BERTRAM January 08, 2012 at 07:35 AM
John, in his quiet, unassuming nature,professionally, was one of the best this country and the agency he worked for had to offer. I worked side by side with him for many years and they just don't make them like him anymore. Was there to save my life on many deals and there to help even when no one asked. Just a (gd) damn shame and a huge loss to his agency, to his friends and more importantly, to his family. Though no longer with us, he left us with his legacy by leaving us with the kids him and Dori raised and raised well thet did. Those kids are the Royalty of the Capano family. Very strong young dynamic and intelligent kids. May God bless them and look after them ......as I know John will be looking down on them. I will be too.


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