NYPD Officers Mourned
NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were mourned this week after being ambushed while sitting in their cruiser. The officers never even had a chance to pull out their weapons to defend themselves or return fire. Most likely, they never saw their killer.
Officer Liu, 32, was a seven year veteran of the NYPD. He was married just two months ago.
Officer Ramos, 40, was a two year veteran. Prior to joining the NYPD, he worked as a school security officer. He was married with two sons.
Police Officer Fatalities To Date
To date, there have been 113 line of duty deaths up 11% from last year. Of those, 46 were gun-fire deaths up 59% from last year.
Philadelphia Fire Department Mourns One Its Own
Joyce Craig, the first Philadelphia female firefighter to perish in the line of duty, was laid to rest last week. Craig was an 11 year veteran of the fire department. She's survived by her 16- year- old son and 16-month-old daughter.