Slain NYPD officer was scheduled to graduate from chaplain training the day he was killed

One of the two New York officers killed execution style this past Saturday, Rafael Ramos, was to have been commissioned as a lay chaplain on the same day of his death.

Ramos, the father of two had just turned 40 years old earlier this month.

Ramos served God with fervor and saw his work as a police officer as a personal form of ministry. He was a faithful member of Christ Tabernacle and just completed a 10-week course and on par to graduate with 144 chaplains on Saturday, Rev. Marcos Miranda, president of the New York State Chaplain Task Forces said.

Photo Credit: Reuters/Carlo Allegri

Miranda remembered Ramos as a very kind man.

“I will remember his kindness the most — even the kindness in his eyes — in our talks, he asked what I thought of him being a police officer, and I said it was an honorable job. He said he thought it was ministry because he was helping those in need. He never thought he could be a chaplain, he saw himself doing this type of ministry after he retired from the NYPD. He was very excited about that possibility,” Miranda added.

Ramos makeshift memorial
Photo Credit: Reuters/Carlo Allegri

Ramos two sons, Jaden and his older brother, who is in college, will have their education paid for by The New York Yankees Silver Shield Foundation.

Photo Credit: Margarita Romas via Facebook


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