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Yankees offer to pay college tuition for slain NYC officer's sons

Officer Rafael Ramos/NYPD

The Short of It

The New York Yankees, through their Silver Shield Foundation, will pay for the college educations of the two children of slain New York City Police Officer Rafael Ramos. He left behind a college-aged son and a 13-year-old son. His partner Wenjian Liu, who was also killed, had just gotten married, but he had no children.

The Lowdown

Officer Ramos along with his partner, Liu, were ambushed and executed while sitting in their cruiser over the weekend by gunman, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28. He had vowed on Instagram to put "wings on pigs" as retaliation for the slayings of black men at the hands of white police. The policemen never had time to pull their weapons.

The Silver Shield Foundation was created in 1982 after ex-Yankees owner, George Steinbrenner, saw a news report of four children flanking their mother and folding an American flag at the funeral of their father, an NYPD officer who had been killed in the line of duty.

"Who's going to take care of these kids?" Steinbrenner asked his friend and former Olympian Jim Fuchs. "We are."

Fuchs ran the foundation until his death in 2010—the same year Steinbrenner died. Today, the foundation pays for the education costs of children of police officers and firefighters who've died in the line of duty, including NYPD; New York Fire Department; the New York Port Authority; the state police in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut; and others.

The Upshot

The assassination of these two innocent officers is a tragedy and a loss that their families will never be able to recover from, but thanks to the Silver Shield Foundation, these children will not be denied an education on top of the horrific loss of their parent.

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