New York Times
Dec. 26, 2014


Two Officers Killed in Ambush Are Posthumously Promoted to Detectives

By BENJAMIN MUELLER

The two New York City police officers who were shot and killed in a targeted attack last weekend have been posthumously promoted to the rank of first-grade detective, police officials said on Friday.

The promotions, which lift the ranks of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu to the highest designation of detective in the Police Department, are among the ritual courtesies extended to officers killed in the line of duty, and generally carry with them an increase in benefits.

Officer Ramos, 40, had served nearly three years in the department, while Officer Liu, 32, was a seven-year veteran of the force.

Posthumous promotions augment the benefits given to the families of slain officers, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office. The spouse of a fallen officer is entitled to receive about 100 percent of the officer’s annual salary each year for the rest of his or her life, as well as health insurance covered by the city and other benefits.

The promotion of Officer Dillon Stewart in 2005, after he was killed trying to stop a car that ran a red light, meant that his wife was able to receive an additional $21,000 per year.

Officer Ramos was married with two sons, one a 13-year-old and the other a student at Bowdoin College in Maine. Officer Liu was a newlywed, married just three months ago.