The Detective Rafael Ramos Foundation
The Detective Rafael Ramos Foundation is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization. The mission of the foundation is to raise awareness as it pertains to the dangers faced by law enforcement officers, while also helping to support the families that experience the tragedy of losing a family member in the law enforcement profession. The foundation also desires to develop a positive relationship between our communities and the law enforcement officers who work in them on a regular basis.
On December 20, 2014, Detective Rafael Ramos, along with his partner Detective WenJian Liu, were assassinated as they sat in their patrol car simply because they were police officers.
He was an usher at his church, Christ Tabernacle, in Queens, New York where he would eventually lead that ministry. He also served there in the Frontline Security Ministry. He often volunteered at the Legacy Center located in Bushwick Brooklyn, and helped in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy. He was also studying to become an NYPD Chaplain.
Detective Ramos would start his career in law enforcement by working as a School Safety Officer where he excelled. A few years later he would ultimately see his dream come true, when he graduated from the New York City Police Academy with honors. Detective Ramos wore his yellow ropes with pride, and did his job to the best of his ability.
Detective Ramos loved his wife and boys more than words can express. He did everything he had to do in order to provide for his family. He worked long hours so that his eldest son could attend a top college, and he always made it his business to spend time with his boys.
It is important to his wife and sons that his legacy lives on, and that his work in the community continues through them, hence The Detective Rafael Ramos Foundation. The Ramos family hopes to give back to those who gave to them in their time of need. So many came together, and some they now call family.
The Foundation’s mission is to raise awareness to the needs of those families who have been affected by the loss of their loved one due to a line of duty death. The Foundation also desires to come along side those families who are in need of financial assistance, by providing scholarships, and helping with those unforeseen expenses that arise from such a tragedy.
One of the top goals of the Foundation is to heal communities by bringing law enforcement and the community together. It’s important that communities understand how vital an officer’s job is, what it entails, and the dangers and fears they face everyday, especially the fear of not knowing if they will make it home after their tour, something the Ramos family never wants to see happen again.