NY Daily News owner Mort Zuckerman was saluted by the NYPD Thursday for helping Police Commissioner Bill Bratton keep a promise to aid the families of slain police officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu.
“The NY Daily News helped to fulfill that very sacred commitment and obligation,” Bratton said as he presented a plaque to Zuckerman, recognizing the $700,000 the paper raised for the Ramos and Liu families.
Each family received a $350,000 check from a fund-raising drive that brought in hundreds of donations both large and small. Zuckerman said he was honored to offer a helping hand.
“If there is anything we are proud of at the Daily News, it is what we were able to do on behalf of the families of the police who were killed,” Zuckerman said. “From our point of view, it was a great privilege to be involved.”
Ramos and Liu were shot at point-blank range while sitting in their patrol car in Brooklyn back in December. The suspect, who committed suicide, reportedly traveled to NY from Baltimore vowing to kill officers and “get revenge” for the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases.