Thanks to generosity from a national and local level, a couple police officers in Clinton were able to show their support for a fallen peer in New York City this past weekend.
Sgt. Jerry Causer and Officer Jason Yost returned from New York City where they attended the funeral of slain NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos. According to Sgt. Causer, the police department of New York City and it's officers played host to them and the thousands of other officers that made the trip to show their support.
Law enforcement departments every where are being scrutinized because of just a few incidents, and Sgt. Causer calls the trip a rally of support to law enforcement officials everywhere. He explains police officers and law enforcement officials consider themselves a family, and it was members of the family from across the country showing their support.
The perception of law enforcement officials across the country are coming under a negative light in recent months and Sgt. Causer says he answers to the people of the community he has taken an oath to protect. He believes it is difficult to judge officers on one incident when there are many examples of them doing things right more than wrong.
According to a release by the Clinton PD, Officer Yost said quote-"The thin blue line is a saying in law enforcement and up until now I just thought I knew what it meant. Today, I lived it, and have a complete new understanding of it's real meaning". - end quote.
After attending the funeral service, the officers were able to take in some sightseeing that included the 9/11 Memorial, 9/11 museum and the NYPD's 102nd Precinct.
No tax dollars were used in the expenses for Officer Yost and Sgt. Cuaser to make the trip. JetBlue Airways provided free airfaire for the two to travel and Clinton Area Crime Stoppers pitched in as well. The two officials also used their own time off and paid for part of the trip on their own.
Picture below: Officer Yost (left) and Sgt. Causer (Right) join thousands of police officers from across the country in honoring NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos.