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Yankees to pay for education of slain NYPD officer Rafael Ramos’ two children

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The New York Yankees reportedly will pay for the educations of the children of Rafael Ramos (above, right), one of the two NYPD officers who were killed in the line of duty in Brooklyn on Saturday night, per a New York Daily News report.

Ramos, who along with fellow officer Wenjian Liu, was shot down in cold blood by a gunman who later committed suicide.

The Yankees will be paying for the education of Ramos’ two sons, one who is a college freshman and the other a 13-year-old, through its Silver Shield Foundation, an organization that funds the educations of New York City police officers, firemen and Port Authority employees who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the line of duty.

George Steinbrenner, the late Yankees owner, started the foundation 32 years ago after witnessing a heartbreaking scene.

Steinbrenner started his foundation in 1982 after seeing a news account 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, former Olympian Jim Fuchs, who would run the foundation until his death, also in 2010. “We are.”

Officer Wenjian Liu was recently married and did not have children. Otherwise, the Silver Shield Foundation, which also funded the educations of 700 children who lost a parent in 9/11, would have done the same to pay its sincere respects and appreciation to his family.

(image credit: DCPI/New York Post)