When NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos was murdered last week in Brooklyn, he was working overtime to help pay Christmas expenses for his two sons. They, along with the rest of the Ramos family, are victims and will bear the lifelong marks of this tragedy. 13-year-old Jaden Ramos posted this tribute to his Facebook page, after first writing, “This is the worst day of my life.”
Jaden has an older brother, Justin, who is a sophomore at Bowdoin College in Maine. The New York Yankees have offered to pay for the college education for both boys, out of the foundation started by late Yankees owner, George Steinbrenner. The Yankee Silver Shield Foundation pays for the education of children of NYPD Officers, firefighters and also Port Authority employees when they die in the line of duty.
The New York Post reported, however, that Bowdoin College has pledged its maximum financial aid to Justin, so that he can finish college with no debt. College President Barry Mills said:
We are a very close community, and we share in Justin’s pain and anguish. I know you join me in offering heartfelt condolences to Justin and the entire Ramos family, and I am sure you will respect their privacy as they and we support one another in the days and weeks ahead.
Officer Wenjian Liu was also killed in the execution-style attack on the two policeman. He had no children, but he did leave behind family members, including his new bride. His service is pending family arrivals from overseas.
Kudos to George Steinbrenner for starting such a foundation, to the Yankees for following up on this and to Bowdoin College for their part in helping this family. In typical American style, as we’ve often seen, people don’t hesitate to step up and help when they see a need. There’s still a lot of good in this country, in spite of the bitterness brought on by others.
Our prayers go out to both families as they deal with their loss and the grief that follows.
(h/t to Terry)