||Al Bermudez Pereira
||November 25, 2009
Al Bermudez Pereira, a Florida resident, is a retire NYS Correction Officer and Hispanic American writer. He is known for writing his first book, “Sing Sing State Prison, One Day, One Lifetime,” featured in ECO Latino Magazine, City of Lakes Lifestyle Magazine and other Central Florida publishing companies in 2007.
Al Bermudez Pereira was born in Brooklyn, NY. He was the third of seven children. His parents, Margarita Morales Pereira, a stay at home Mom and father Deusdelid Bermudez, a custom tailor; were both natives of Monte Santo in Vieques, Puerto Rico. His mother later divorce and married Cruz Morales of Culebra, Puerto Rico, a career handyman and cousin to Professional Wrestler Pedro Morales. His career service training included; NYS Municipal Police Training Council Division of Criminal Justice, NYS Department of Corrections, NYC Police Department Auxiliary Forces, NYS Corrections Emergency Response Team, NYS Westchester County Fire Training Center, NYS Commission of Correction Suicide Prevention and Intervention, Seminole County Sheriffs Office Community Law Enforcement Academy and Lake Technical Center Institute Of Public Safety.
Receiving Commendations and notable awards from;
National Rifle Association Recruitment Award, NYS Westchester County Law Enforcement Hispanic Society, NYS Correction Officers and Police Benevolent Association, NYS Sheriff's Association, NYS Law Enforcement Officers Union of Council 82, National Campaign for Tolerance and receiving commendations by Washington Correction Officers Local 3046, for his heroic efforts in entering an uprising and helping to take back control at Washington Correctional Facility, Comstock NY, and Superintendents commendation of Downstate Correctional Facility, Fishkill NY, for his heroic efforts in a well organized prison control take back after a ration of unprovoked slashes and stabbing attacks against Correction Officers. Currently in the works for Al Bermudez is a fiction novel filled with suspense, action and adventure; scheduled for release in 2012.
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Ruins of a Society and the Honorable, ISBN: 978-0-578-04343-2, (2009) is an autobiography and a story based on real life circumstances as I lived it and remember it to the best of my knowledge and recollection. Names have been changed to protect sources from reprisals and legalities. Real names contained in this book were either approved by the individuals personally; were part of a publication made available to the public and encrypted in citations or were spoken of by me in honorability; while others are based on personal opinions. This book contains incidents which took place in one day and a half while at a prison where I worked and outside the prisons environment. It then sidetracks to speak of other stories, voice opinions and reflects on my life as a young Latino growing up in Brooklyn and abroad.
This book honors many who crossed paths with me during my lifetime, who inspired me and whose recognition is well deserved. Honorableness can be described in many different definitions and involve many different circumstances that led me to honor who I felt deserves to be honored, and indeed an honor for me to do so. Although 75 percent of this book is based on prison experiences, other parts of this book relates to the many life encounters we’ve all experienced in our own lives. In reference to autobiographies and real life circumstances concerning prison life, this will be Al Bermudez’s final book. Throughout this book, the actual story stops with an asterisk, (*) to voice an opinion or explain a different set of circumstances; then it continues onto the actual story with the words, (STORY CONT).
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Reader Reviews for "Ruins of a Society and the Honorable"
|Reviewed by Al Bermudez Pereira
|Eddie Jorge said: December 27th, 2009 1:30 pm
I read this book until 3:00 A.M, in the morning. You have a tremendous style of writing and the flows with every page. I have to contact everyone I know and let them know about this book. Whether you’re a Correction Officer, or looking to go into corrections, this book is a must read. I notice you also mentioned my name in the book, thank you for the “Honorable” mention. I will notify one and all SSCF officers to get this book. Keep up the great work. (Eddie Jorge, Ret Correction Officer, 2009)
Alex Martinez said: December 25th, 2009 5:34 pm
I wholeheartedly support this great book, which tells of the inside of the criminal justice system. When all is said and done, what happens?: read the inside story. Being a Corrections Officer in Miami Dade for over 20 years a can appreciate a good read. Thanks Al. May the Lord continue to bless you and the fine men and women that work the wing. (President of Latinos Officers Association of Florida, 2009)
Buddy Santangelo said: December 24th, 2009 1:10 pm
Al, what a great book, the article on my father almost made us cry. The different articles and stories flows great. The book is very interesting, weird and made us laugh. You really have a lot going on in your book and it’s hard to put down. You don't know what's next and that's one of the great things about it, it keeps you wanting to know more. You brought my father back to life this Holiday season and we're all grateful for that, thank you Al and God Bless. It’s really a good book, please mail me four more books, I want to give it to all my family members. (Buddy Santangelo, FDNY Fire Squad Executive Officer and FDNY Columbia Association President, 2009)
Terrance McElroy said: December 22nd, 2009 10:52 pm
I read a few pages and must say very interesting few pages, well written and factual. I laughed on several occasions. Again, only read a few pages, yet already a very enjoyable book. (Terrance McElroy, Ret. NYS Corrections Superintendent, 2009)
Frankie Diaz said: December 20th, 2009 9:01 pm
Wow, Unbelievable Bermudez, good memories in this book. You definitely have a future in writing brother. I'm glued to this book. I read Ted Conovers' book, it was a good book, but this book is more family orientated since we were all like family and it sure expresses that lost relationship. (NYS Correction Officer, Frankie Diaz, 2009)
E. Mejia, Lieutenant said: December 20th, 2009 11:54 am
Al I'm one person that goes back with you from day one at Harriman Academy, until your last day when you were assaulted at Downstate. We will always be bros and your tribute to all the great officers we worked with including yourself. I'm honored to have known you as a coworker, friend and family, great job. (Sing Sing Lieutenant, E. Mejia, December 20, 2009)
Willie Marrero said: December 19th, 2009 5:56 pm
Oh My God Al, the memories are endless my brother. I almost cried when you spoke of us in our journey back and forth to Sing Sing. I love you Mi Hermano. (My Brother) When I finish the book I'll call you, in the meantime, thank you for making me a part of your honorability. (Willie Marrero, Ret Correction Officer, 2009)
Joanna Pagan said: December 19th, 2009 5:49 pm
Millie and I cried so much when we got to the 911 part. We couldn't help it; it brought back too many sad memories. I remember that NYPD Cop, Moira Smith and you're right; she is, was and still is a, 'Guardian Angel.' We love you Al, and we love your book. Good job. (Joanna Pagan & Millie Morales, 2009)
J. Sarett, Ret. NYS LT. said: December 19th, 2009 5:46 pm
Al, I'm almost done with the book. It brings back such good memories; you have a great talent my friend, (J. Sarett, NYS. Ret. Lieutenant, and presently NYS College Professor, December 19, 2009)
Gonzo Gonzales said: December 19th, 2009 5:45 pm
Great and fascinating book, I read it and couldn't put it down, so I took it to work and read it most of it there. As I found myself reading it I got lost in it and lost track of time. I than began feeling objects being thrown at me as I was reading the book. It was the Supreme Court Judge trying to get my attention and stating, "That must be one hell of a book." It is your Honor, I replied. Great job Al, it’s a fabulous book. (R. Gonzales, Bronx, NY. Supreme Court Clerk, December 19, 2009)
Cruz Morales said: December 16th, 2009 6:54 pm
I curled up with this book in my most favorite snuggy the other day. I began reading it and couldn't put it down. I meant to write this review at the completion of the book, but had to stop and write this review. This is actually a very good book and I can't wait to finish it. I work in law enforcement, but can't imagine working within the confines of a prison system, eight plus hours a day. I lived in New York City from 1970s through the 1990s, and the book brought me back in time. It’s pretty extraordinary how the Author captured and described all the neighborhoods he encountered during his childhood lifetime. That's what's so fascinating about this book, it hurts, its smiles, it’s laughable, interesting and historical. Really a good book Al, and I'm proud to say my brother has struck many where it hurts and feels good, 'The Heart and Soul,' (Cruz the Moe Morales, Former NYPD, Investigator and Florida Highway Patrol, 2009)
Joe Sanchez said: December 15th, 2009 9:28 am
"Ruins of a Society and the Honorable, pulls no punches and tells it like it was and still is... a great book! I know, I worked inside 'The Big House' Sing Sing and Coxsackie State Prison, and had the honor to work with retired Correction Officer Al Bermudez Pereira. Once Al takes you into the belly of the beast, you will feel as if you are there with him, as he intrigues you with the many true stories of his contacts with the myriad convicts, incarcerated for vicious crimes we read about daily in our urban newspapers. Many of the stories are sad, but Al also adds humor to other stories which the reader will also enjoy. Crediting Ted Conover for his great book, 'New Jack' which I read and enjoyed, 'Ruins of a Society and the Honorable' is sure to be just as good if not better in comparison." (Joe Sanchez, Wounded Vietnam Veteran, NYC. Ambulance Driver; Port Authority Police Officer; NYPD Police Officer; NYS Correction Officer and Author, 2009)