NEW YORK (CNN/PIX11) — JetBlue is offering to fly two police officers from each department on its route around the country to New York for the funerals of two NYPD officers killed last weekend.
The New York-based airline is also working with its partners to have family members of one of the slain officers, Wenjian Liu, flown in from overseas.
Liu and a second NYPD officer, Rafael Ramos, were sitting in their patrol car when they were shot and killed by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, a Georgia man with a long criminal record.
Ramos’s funeral is being held on Dec. 27, whereas Liu’s funeral hasn’t been scheduled, pending the arrival of relatives from China.
JetBlue said in a statement that its flights are available “to law enforcement agencies across our route network who wish to send representatives to New York to support their brethren … We are accepting up to two officers from each department (space permitting).”
The gesture was a positive one at a time when tensions have been running high nationwide in the wake of two recent incidents involving the death of unarmed black men at the hands of police in Missouri and New York.
Several organizations and sports teams have come forward to assist the families of the slain officers.
The New York Yankees made the offer on Monday to pay for the education of Officer Rafael Ramos’ sons.
The Brooklyn Nets announced Tuesday that they pledged $10,000 to a fund set up by the New York Daily News to go to the families.
Organizers of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers foundation announced that they’ll be paying off the mortgages for the officers.
The foundation, alongside Governor Andrew Cuomo, decided to step in after overhearing the concern from Officer Liu’s family about how they’d pay off the mortgage.
The NYPD’s 25th Precinct in Manhattan thanked JetBlue on Twitter for “offering free flights to NYC for any police officer in America who wants to attend Officer Ramos’ funeral on Saturday.”