by Terresa Monroe-Hamilton | December 22, 2014 10:49 am
Man… today I am having to pull out the Kleenex. I have the greatest respect for George Steinbrenner and his foundation. Steinbrenner passed away in 2010, but I join with America in expressing my heartfelt gratitude that his memory is honored by paying the way for the education of Ramos’ sons. Such kindness in the face of tragedy is humbling. I hope that Americans come together and donate like mad to both of these families. It will never bring their loved ones back, but it will help them cope with such a monumental loss. The foundation, now run by Olympian Jim Fuchs’ daughter Casey, has paid for the educations of thousands of children of fallen NYPD, FDNY, state police and Port Authority workers in the tri-state area, as well as 700 children who lost a parent in the terrorists attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The Yankees are tops with me.
Former Yankees owner George Steinbrenner had tremendous appreciation for the the men and women who serve as New York City firefighters, cops and Port Authority members.. It’s why he started the Yankee Silver Shield Foundation, which for nearly 32 years has provided for the education of children whose parents were killed in the line of duty.
Over the weekend, two NYPD officers who murdered by deranged gunman. Rafael Ramos, one of of the policemen gunned down, has two sons, a 13-year-old and a current college student.
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The New York Daily News reports that Steinbrenner’s foundation will provide the money needed to support the education of both of Ramos’ sons.
“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.”
The foundation, now run by Fuchs’ daughter Casey, has paid for the educations of thousands of children of fallen NYPD, FDNY, state police and Port Authority workers in the tri-state area, as well as 700 children who lost a parent in the terrorists attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
Ramos’ partner Menjian Liu, who was also gunned down alongside Ramos, was recently married but had no children.
The foundation was started in 1982 after Steinbrenner witnessed a news account of a mother and four children folding an American flag at the funeral of their father, a police officer who was gunned down on duty.
I mourned this weekend for these officers and then for one killed in Florida and one in Missouri. The nation is taking a very dark and dangerous turn. But there are those whose kindness and thoughtfulness give me great hope. Those whose courage cannot be diminished by radical groups, terrorists, communists and Progressive thugs. Many of those men and women are with the NYPD. We should honor their service and sacrifice each and every day. For Ramos and Liu, their journey has ended in the here and now. Ours continues and so does the fight for a return to the American way of life we used to know, minus riots, violence and civil strife.
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