My character, Johnny Vero pays homage to my life long friend. John was a Yonkers police officer and an Inspector (Detective) for the White Plains, N.Y. District Attorney’s office. After I moved to Yonkers from the Bronx, John and I were neighbors and went to school together. Maintaining a life long friendship, we both retired to Florida. John went to Vero Beach and I went to Jupiter. John’s email was Johnny Vero. After his passing, I created a character in his honor—Homicide Detective Johnny Vero.