COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Deputy Roger Carroll and Sergeant Marc Horton of the Harris County Sheriff's Office were two of the 25,000 law enforcement officers that flooded the streets of Queens this weekend to pay their respects for Rafael Ramos, one of the two New York police officers who lost their life in the line of duty last weekend.
"It was overwhelming and humbling to see that many people come out and support a family that their officer had paid the ultimate sacrifice. He laid down his life for his fellow citizens, his brothers. Very humbling, very sobering that it could have been any of us," Carroll said.
Horton says it was a last minute decision to make the trip. They drove to Jacksonville to catch a flight on JetBlue. The airliner offered to fly two officers from each department for free to attend the funerals of Ramos and Officer Wenjian Liu.
"We count on each other, we rely on each other in the worst of times and it doesn't matter if its New York of California, you pick up kind of like you're friend, you know each other, you go through the same things, so you make a connection. It was a fast trip, but I wouldn't have missed it for the world," Horton said.
Carroll and Horton snapped these photos outside the Church where the service for Officer Ramos was held.
A sea of dark blue uniforms went on for blocks.
They were thanked for coming by numerous people and even shook hands with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
"They just had a strong brotherhood amongst them and the way they treated us like we were part of the family," Carroll said.
In light of the officer involved shootings happening around the country, and the negative attention being shined on law enforcement, both men say events like these are making them more aware and vigilant everyday on the job.
"When you're a family member at home and your loved one is in law enforcement and they leave to go to work, you kind of hold your breath. It's scary, but it's part of the job," Horton said.
Funeral Plans have been confirmed for Officer Liu. A wake will be held on Saturday, Jan. 3, from 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM in Bensonhurst. The funeral is scheduled for Sunday morning, January 4, at 10:00 AM.