Iowa City West classmates remember Tony Beminio

Published: Nov. 2, 2016 at 8:37 PM CDT
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There's an outpouring of support after these two officers were killed in what police say was an ambush.

Police believe Scott Greene, of Urbandale, killed Urbandale police officer Justin Martin in the early morning hours. He later shot and killed Des Moines police Sergeant Tony Beminio.

Beminio graduated Iowa City West High School in 1996. Classmates and former teachers of Officer Beminio say they will remember "Tony" as a giant force on the football field.

"Our group of seniors, that class of 96, had a pretty special bond. Especially when it came to what we could do on and off the football field," David Lane said.

Tony Beminio transferred to Iowa West High School as a sophomore.

Friends say he immediately became a standout athlete, particularly on the gridiron.

"People just kind of ran behind him he plowed the way," Christoph Trappe said.

He's left a legacy at the high school, with his own portrait on the Athletic Hall of Fame.

Beminio was a state champion wrestler. But friends say he took the most pride in playing on the 1995 Football team.

The 1995 Iowa West team took the state title that year. Coaches say much of that credit goes to Beminio.

"The program turned around during their time in high school going from a team that was a laughing stock of the conference to a state champion team," Brad Wymer said.

The boys had a record of 13 and 0 that season.

"They truly had that bond where the guy next to him was the most important guy in their lives." Wymer said.

Those who knew him say this discipline carried over into Beminio's life as police officer. The 39-year-old had been with the Des Moines Police Department for 11 years. Beminio wanted to follow in his dad's footsteps, who was also a cop.