JetBlue Airways (JBLU) is offering free flights to two officers from any U.S. law enforcement agency who wish to attend the funerals of slain New York City policemen Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.
The carrier, which is based in New York, said it is also offering flights at no charge to the families of the murdered officers. The two were shot to death in Brooklyn on Saturday as they sat in their patrol car. JetBlue also said it is working with another airline to fly in the family of Ofc. Liu from China so they can attend his service.
"We're honored to do what we can to support the communities we serve, and our team has made flights available to law enforcement agencies across our route network who wish to send representatives to New York to support their brethren," a JetBlue spokeswoman said in a statement.
A wake for Ofc. Ramos is scheduled for Friday, and his funeral will be on Saturday at Christ Tabernacle Church in Glendale, New York. Vice President Joe Biden is among those slated to attend Ramos's funeral. Liu's funeral has yet to be scheduled. Several thousand law enforcement officials from around the country are also expected to gather in New York for the services.
The murders of Liu and Ramos by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who was later found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot, has underscored the lethal risks facing officers, while also roiling the debate about police tactics following the recent deaths of Michael Brown in Missouri and Eric Garner in New York.