NEW YORK, NY (WALB) - Two Albany Police officers recently returned from New York where they attended the funeral of murdered officer Rafael Ramos.
APD officer Jeffery Mitchell says it was a sad and emotional funeral but it was great to see all the camaraderie between officers.
Where there was sorrow, there was also unity. "Being in law enforcement definitely is a brotherhood. Anytime a law enforcement officer falls throughout the nation, we all feel the pain," said Officer Jeffery Mitchell.
He and Maria Perez both got to attend the funeral of NYPD officer Rafael Ramos. Mitchell says the support was overwhelming, and while the NYPD is a large department, there were hundreds of officers there from all over the country.
"There were blocks upon blocks that were roped off. Just a sea of officers everywhere you looked. You couldn't see anything except for officers."
He says being a police officer is a tough job and every officer knows it's dangerous. "It's a sad feeling. Knowing that we may end up losing our lives doing this job, but you never really expect it to happen."
He says they took a taxi to the funeral, but walked the last few miles because most of queens was shut down and there was a lot of security.
"Follow everybody else. If you need directions, everybody was more than happy to help you out."
And even though some officers pay the ultimate price, Mitchell would still encourage anyone who wants a career in law enforcement to go for it. "If that's where your heart is, then definitely go for it."
He also says it was good to see elected officials, including Vice President Joe Biden, there to show support.
He says there are a few officers trying to finalize plans to attend the funeral of officer Wenjian Lui who was killed in the same ambush attack that killed Officer Ramos.