PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Law enforcement members from Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts traveled to New York City Saturday to attend the funeral of slain New York Police Officer Rafael Ramos.
“It was a sea of police officers. Ten deep for as far as you could see,” said Rhode Island State Police Colonel Steven O’Donnell. “Left, right, on rooftops. It was unbelievable to look at.”
Ramos and fellow Officer Wenjian Liu were killed last weekend in an ambush-style attack while sitting in a Brooklyn squad car. The gunman then killed himself.
Rhode Island State Police sent about 50 troopers down to Queens.
Eyewitness News met up with the contingent upon its return to the Hope Valley barracks.
It was a 12-hour day for the group, leaving at 5:00 a.m. and returning at 5:00 p.m.
“I think the number was 25-30 thousand officers,” said State Police Detective Ernest Adams. “We saw officers from California, Alaska, from the southern states. All of the New England states were represented.”
The Portsmouth and Cranston Police Departments and the Massachusetts State Police also made the journey.
“It was really inspiring to watch people that don’t even know each other, that do what they do for a living, walk side-by-side, talk to each other, and just go pay tribute to that family,” adds O’Donnell.
Troopers also plan to attend funeral services for Officer Liu. Those arrangements have not been finalized.