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Waterloo police officers attend funeral of fallen NYC officer

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - Two Waterloo police officers just returned from a funeral for a fallen New York police officer.
Last weekend, a gunman opened fire on officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in Brooklyn, fatally wounding them. 

Ramos funeral was held Saturday in New York.
Waterloo police officers James Oliver and Dustin Lindaman were able to make the trip to New York, thanks to an anonymous donor.
Officer Oliver says didn't know officer Ramos, but he says that doesn't matter.

"It is a huge family," says Oliver. 
That seemed pretty evident Saturday as thousands gathered in Queens, New York to remember the life of officer Ramos. 
Officers Oliver and Lindaman were part of that sea of blue that greeted the Ramos family.

"They estimated 25,000 to 30,000 officers and we took a taxi from our hotel to the funeral. We walked easily ten to twelve blocks. We actually were walking with some Miami beach officers," says Oliver.

Oliver says he wanted to go because he and Lindaman are both members of the honor guard for the Waterloo Police Department. They felt it was their duty to go and represent the department for this fallen officer.

"I just felt that a statement was being made to show that we are a family of police officers and we do stand behind each other and we are good guys and we're out there doing good things. Just felt it was my duty," says Oliver.

Oliver says it was an honor to go and Ramos deserved a hero's goodbye.

"Their lives were taken way to early. It's sad. They're hero's. I think every police officer is a hero for what we do. We do stuff that people don't want to do."

Officer Wenjian Liu's funeral is set for next Saturday. It's not clear if any Waterloo police officers will go on that trip because this trip was paid for by donations.



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