Two Collier County Sheriff’s Office deputies will attend the funeral of slain New York City Police Department Detective Wenjian Liu this weekend.
Lt. Timothy Pratt and Detective David Johnson will be flying to New York courtesy of JetBlue Airways.
Lt. Pratt and Detective Johnson will stand alongside thousands of other law enforcement officers from New York and around the country who are expected to attend the funeral in Brooklyn.
“We will be showing support for someone who made the ultimate sacrifice for doing their job,” Lt. Pratt said.
On Dec. 20, Detective Liu and his partner Detective Rafael Ramos were shot to death while they ate lunch inside their patrol car on a Brooklyn street by a gunman who later killed himself. The gunman had posted comments online about his plans to attack law enforcement.
While the CCSO deputies did not know Detective Ramos and Detective Liu, the call to stand in support is very strong, they said.
“That could have been any one of us,” Detective Johnson said. “Those guys were doing their jobs. It breaks my heart.”
Lt. Pratt and Detective Johnson are taking their own time off and there is no cost to taxpayers. JetBlue offered free flights to law enforcement officers – two per agency - who wanted to attend funeral services for Detective Liu and Detective Ramos.
JetBlue flew more than 700 law enforcement officers from across the country to New York for Detective Ramos’ funeral Dec. 27.