BRADENTON -- Two Bradenton police officers represented the department at the funeral Saturday of slain New York Police Department Officer Rafael Ramos.
Jet Blue provided airline tickers for Detective Ben Pieper and Officer Andres Perez to fly to New York for the funeral, according to a Bradenton police news release issued Monday.
"More than 20,000 law enforcement representatives from across the United States and abroad, attended the funeral to show their respect for the fallen officer and his family," the BPD release states.
Ramos and his partner, Officer Wenjian Liu, were shot to death as they sat in their patrol car in Brooklyn on Dec. 20. Shortly after, the gunman killed himself.
Liu's funeral is Jan. 4.