Transcript for VP Joe Biden Delivers Remarks at Slain NYPD Officer's Funeral
Governor Cuomo. Bird blah zero. Commissioner Bratton. Pastor thank you. For allowing me to be here today. And according me the privilege of expressing the condolences. Jill and my whole family to the rumbles. But handsome boyish. I remember. Some occasional long time ago. And won't issue. Those boys we'll get you throw us. I'm sure I speak for the whole nation. Rich so when I say to you that. Not to. Our hearts ache for you. I know from personal experience that there is little anyone can say lord do at this moment to. To ease the pain. That sense of loss that sense of loneliness. But I do hope you take some solace in the fact that the support of whether presses over 25000. 25000. Members of the same fraternity and sorority is your husband. Who stand. And will stand with you the rest of your life. And they will it's an on common fraternity. Justin and you've shown tremendous courage. And character. In his past few days. You are your father silence. And he was. He was so so we're very proud of you from everything. That I hear her. And just know his partners is to believe he will be part of your life. The entirety. Of your life. Mom. No child should pre deceased parent. My heart HQ and rich and I know from experience there are no words that I can offer. He said profound sense of loneliness launch feeling right now. But I also know from experience. It's time will come. Time will com rob fails memory will bring a smile to your lips. Before brings a tear hero. That's when you know it's going to be okay. I know it's hard to believe that'll happen but I permission. I promise you we will have. And my prayer for use we will look come sooner. Rather than later. There's a headstone. In Ireland that reads. Death leaves a heartache. No one can heal. Love. Leaves a memory. That no one can steal. Just sitting here for a few moments looking that. The screams. No one had to know your husband to not know. How desperately he cared about his Fam. How close he was to all. You know. I didn't know. Your husband. And I didn't know which partner. Who were keeping watch it myrtle and Tompkins avenue. And that terrible afternoon. But I do know why they were there. They were there to protect and defend. As they always. Sometimes fearful. Put always watchful. I knew them. The guy I grew up what then Scranton claim on Delaware. The boy with the most courage. And most compassion. The man. The Braveheart. Who generous soul. A brother. Who always looked out for his sister. A father. The father whose words were always incur. Jim do you boys. With a touch. That consumed the way the fear. New song. Who made his mother proud every time he turned and smiled. And a husband with a gentle hand. Who could sue the way. The concerns. Who you knew would always be there. A former school safety officer became a cop at age 37. An active member of his church studying to become a chaplain. A father a husband son. A seven year veteran on the force a son of a Chinese immigrant his partner. Conversion to several dialects and newlywed. Both confident. Committed. Passionate. And vigilant. Mean a cop. Was not what they did. It was who they work. Like every man and woman in uniform here today. It's who you are. In today like everyone have you in uniform inside this church and outside. You all joined. For essentially the same reason. Rose soap and about you. The major thank. You could help. Pitcher should serve. That you had a duty. I've spoken to pretty fair rules. For Truman a peace officers. Germany for journals. For brave. Women and men. Who kept us safe. And watched their friend was grieve. I've observed one thing that unfortunately. It's only when a tragedy like this occurs. But all their friends neighbors and people who didn't even know them. Become aware of a reminder of the sacrifices they make every single solitary day. To make our lives better. Today. We pay tribute. To offer serve rough real Ramos. And when Julie you. We pay tribute to their families. Because every day when a police officer pins on that she'll though walks out the door. The officer's wife husband mother father. Brother sister children they know anything could happen. The fear of that call at 3 AM. In the morning. The relief. And very in the voice at the door open says I'm home. There's a line from English poet John Melton. He said. They also serve. Who own lane stand and wait. Thousands upon thousands upon thousands. American families. Stand and wait. For their husbands and wives fathers and sons. Conserve. The rest of us. Police officers. And police families. Are different breed. Thank god for them. Thank god for them. And your husband rich. And his partner. They were part of New York's finest and that's not an final phrase. This is probably the finest police department in the world. The finest fruits the park. They. Earn that blame. It's a sacred trust they took wrong. They kissed and Childers forehead. As they sleep and head out and might shift to watch over all the children of this great city. Treating and protecting each of them. As if they were of their own. We patrol the streets of New York. You circle the earth. The six story walk up apartment towers. Aromas of millions of kitchens. Continuing thousands to of traditions. Streets full of silence. Streets. Bursting with hundreds of languages. Whispering laughing shouting. And intimidating city a city of others. A city of labels and borders. And seemingly unbridgeable gaps a city. Constantly grappling with the issues as old as a nation. And as new as the morning headlines. Yet it every neighborhood in this great city. This most alive of all cities. This chaotic miracle. Stands as a beacon to the world. In no small part. Because of the sacrifices. That the New York police department makes every single day. So when an assassin's bullet. Targeted two officers. It targets a city. And a touch the soul. Of the entire nation. The city where the son of a Chinese immigrant shared a patrol. With the Hispanic. Minister in training. A city you are single ride on a subway. Brings you to contact but more people more lives. Than many people in this country along counter. An entire lifetime. The city that educated a young college student. With a mother from Kansas. And a father from Kenya. Would one day stand before the nation and declare. This is not a Black America are white America are Latino America art Asian American. This is the United States of America. And for those of us who are not New Yorkers. We look at Q in all. Because this is the united. City of New York as well. The city that rose as one. To confront two of the greatest disasters of this century. One from the heels of terrorism on on eleven. And one from the fury of nature. And super storms sandy. This is a city of courage. And character. Having faced and overcome the toughest challenges. And I'm absolutely confident as you are that's spear is still alive and well on this city. And I'm absolutely confident. It will guide you in the days and weeks ahead. I believe that this great police force. This incredibly diverse city. Can and will show the nation. How to bridge any divide. You've done it before. Annual toured again. Because to paraphrase the words of William Allen white. You are not afraid of tomorrow. Because you've seen yesterday. Because you love today. To the Ramos family. We are all lucky to have rock trio. He didn't just. Have a Bible in his locker. He lives in news heart. He was a cop. For all. All. The right reasons. Mom. We show you for nurturing him. Emirates. We owe you for supporting him. And Justin and know that although your father's gone. You inherited an entire family. The men and women and New York police department will always be there as long as you are alive. They never they never never forget. There's a community him in my church. As it stands at that goes like this. May he raise you up on eagle's wings. And bear you on the breath of dawn. And make the sun to shine on you. That's what your father wish for for both you boards. I choose your father wish for. For this city. It will happen. We go publisher fan went. And the firmly. His partner. I may god protect. The 84 precinct. In every police officers throughout this great country. To keep them safe. While they stand watch for us. God bless Yule.
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