Staten Island Advance
December 27, 2014 at 2:44 PM


PBA head Patrick Lynch calls national police response for Officer Rafael Ramos 'overwhelming'

Vincent Barone | vbarone@siadvance.com

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As a 500-member motorcade of police officers from around the country drive by, Jaden Ramos records the pagentry on a cell phone. His brother, Justin, looks on. Click here to see the full Staten Island Advance gallery.

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - About 25,000 police officers from as far away as Los Angeles traveled to Glendale, Queens Saturday for the funeral service of slain New York City Police Officer Rafael Ramos.

Patrolmen's Benevolent Association president Patrick Lynch called the support from fellow officers "overwhelming."

"Their uniforms are different colors, their shields are different shapes, but the dedication they showed and the respect to this hero police officer is overwhelming for each and every one of us," Lynch said.

Members of the FDNY, as well as police officers from cities like Boston, New Orleans and Newark came out for what was one of the city's grandest police funerals.

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Patrick Lynch, head of New York City Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, speaks with police after the funeral for slain Officer Rafael Ramos on Saturday.

Lynch called on the city to continue its support for slain Officer Wenjian Liu's funeral, which is pending the arrival of family members from China.

"We have one more hero to shoulder," he said. "We have police Officer Liu's funeral coming and we need to come back to these street corners once again and bow our heads in silence as we escort another hero family into a church to pay respects for the sacrifice they've given."

Liu, 32, and Ramos, 40, were shot to death, "execution-style," by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, while the two were working overtime as part of an anti-terrorism drill in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Saturday. Brinsley, 28, had shot his girlfriend in Baltimore earlier that day before traveling to New York to carry out the police assassinations.

Ramos had been a school safety agent at Rocco Laurie Intermediate School on Staten Island before fulfilling his dream of becoming an NYPD officer in 2012.