On December 20, 2014, Detective Rafael Ramos, along with his partner Detective WenJian Liu, was assassinated as they sat in their patrol car simply because they were police officers.
Detective Rafael Ramos was more than just an officer of the law; he was a dad, a husband, an uncle, a best friend, and an amazing Man of God, who was taken from us too soon.
Detective Ramos was an usher at his church, Christ Tabernacle, in Queens, New York, where he would eventually lead that ministry. He also served there in the Frontline Security Ministry. He often volunteered at The Legacy Center in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and helped in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy. He was also studying to become a New York City Police Department Chaplain.
Detective Ramos began his career in law enforcement by working as a School Safety Officer, where he excelled. A few years later, he ultimately saw his dream come true when he graduated from the New York City Police Academy with honors. Detective Ramos wore his yellow ropes with pride and did his job to the best of his ability.
Detective Ramos loved his wife and boys more than words can express. He did everything he had to do in order to provide for his family. He worked long hours so that his eldest son could attend a top college, and he always made it his business to spend time with his boys.
It is important to his wife and sons that his legacy lives on, and that his work in the community continues through them, hence The Detective Rafael Ramos Foundation. The Ramos family hopes to give back to those who gave to them in their time of need. So many came together, and some they now call family.
The Foundation's mission is to raise awareness of the needs of those families who have been affected by the loss of their loved one due to a line-of-duty death. The Foundation also desires to come alongside those families who are in need of financial assistance by providing scholarships and helping with those unforeseen expenses that arise from such a tragedy.
One of the top goals of the Foundation is to heal communities by bringing law enforcement and the community together. It's important that communities understand how vital an officer's job is, what it entails, and the dangers and fears they face every day, especially the fear of not knowing if they will make it home after their tour, something the Ramos family never wants to happen again.
The Detective Rafael Ramos Foundation
P.O Box 863112
Ridgewood NY 11386
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