SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Local police officers are mourning the loss of two fallen NYPD brothers who were ambushed and murdered by a gunman in Brooklyn, NY, on Saturday afternoon.
Rafael Ramos, 40, and Wenjian Liu, 32, of the NYPD made the ultimate sacrifice when they were shot at point blank range as they sat in their police car.
“Today, the hearts of the law enforcement community are heavy for our fallen brothers,” said Fanwood Police Chief Richard Trigo in a phone interview with TAP into SPF.
“Police officers risk their own lives every day, and they deserve our utmost respect,” Chief Trigo added. “The tragedy in New York reinforces the need for officers to be cognizant of their surroundings and always take extra caution.”
The dangers of the job can be particularly trying for the families of police officers.
"Any officer's family could receive the same news that the NYPD officers' families received yesterday," said Grace Kulik Cheney, whose husband, Brian Cheney, is a veteran officer in Scotch Plains. "Every time Brian leaves the house for a shift, I say Goodbye...I love you...Be safe. We may live in a seemingly sleepy community when it comes to crime, but that doesn't make his job any less dangerous, either potential danger from people or circumstances."
"Sadly, there are some in this world who wake up and make it their goal to 'off' a police officer. I worry about him constantly but I know he loves what he does and stays vigilant," she added. "He always says there's NO such thing as a 'routine' traffic stop. I know he's as careful as he can be, and I just pray that he and his fellow officers are safe."