A Little Battalion

As we sort out a very difficult moment, a tradition holds.
For 32 years, Steinbrenner's Yankee Silver Shield Foundation has provided for the education of the children of New York City police officers, firemen and Port Authority employees who died in the line of duty, and will do so for the family of NYPD officer Rafael Ramos, gunned down by a cold-blooded killer Saturday along with his partner, Wenjian Liu [who had no children]....

Steinbrenner started his foundation in 1982 after seeing a news account of four children flanking their mother and folding an American flag at the funeral of their father, an NYPD officer who had been killed in the line of duty. "Who's going to take care of these kids," Steinbrenner asked his friend, former Olympian Jim Fuchs, who would run the foundation until his death, also in 2010. "We are."
At a moment when little in New York's civic culture seems to work, this still works.


Gringo said...

And I, a citizen by birth of Red Sox Nation, applaud the Evil Empire for its assistance.

Grim said...

It's a powerful thing that can bring Yankees and Red Sox together.