- Katarina Perez was 9 years old when her father, a Chicago police officer, was killed in the line of duty.
Now a 21-year-old college student, Perez spent the weekend with the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation as it caravaned around Chicago to deliver gifts and holiday cheer to the families of fallen officers and those who have been catastrophically wounded.
A senior at the University of Iowa, Perez said she came home early for the holidays so she could give back to the charity group that has been a source of emotional and financial support for her family since its founding in 2004.
The foundation completed its eighth annual Operation Santa on Sunday afternoon when it arrived at the Perez family home in the Garfield Ridge neighborhood after visiting the homes of 15 other families. Retired law enforcement officers, dressed as Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as active Chicago police officers dressed as elves stepped out of black SUVs and greeted the Perez family.
- New York Jets’ center Nick Mangold donned an NYPD cap in support of slain officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos before today’s game against the New England Patriots.
- Yankee owner George Steinbrenner died in 2010, but his appreciation for the men and women in blue who protect New York City lives on.
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.
The foundation will pay for the education of Ramos' son, 13-year-old Jaden, and another son who is in college.
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