Norwalk, CT – Norwalk Police Department (NPD) Officer Cesar Ramirez died on Tuesday, less than two months after he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer.
Officer Ramirez, 71, was diagnosed with glioblastoma in early December, 2019, according to a fundraising page established to help his family.
On Dec. 13, the 32-year NPD veteran went on extended medical leave status, but not without a full honor guard and police escort, The Hour reported.
Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling even named Dec. 13 “Cesar Ramirez Day” in honor of the highly-respected officer, and gave him a key to the city.
During the ceremony, Officer Ramirez told his supporters to take care of one another and of themselves.
“Stay strong, focus on your family and your health, do the right thing without expecting anything in return, and please respect others as you would like to be respected,” he said.
Officer Ramirez passed away approximately one month later.
Prior to joining NPD, Officer Ramirez worked for the New York Police Department, the Norwalk Housing Authority, and the Second Taxing Commission, The Hour reported.
Rilling was serving as the Norwalk deputy police chief when Officer Ramirez was hired by the NPD over three decades ago.
“He cared deeply about the community he served,” the mayor said. “He was a dedicated public servant in every sense of the word. His passing is a huge loss for our city, which I know he loved dearly.”
“It is a sad day in Norwalk, but I know his legacy will live on through the programs he started and the difference he made in the lives of residents,” Rilling added. “It was my honor to know him well.”
Norwalk Police Chief Thomas Kulhawik said that the department and community are “heartbroken” over the loss of Officer Ramirez, The Hour reported.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time,” Chief Kulhawik said.
Officer Ramirez was a highly-respected member of the NPD, State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff told the Norwalk Patch.
“My thoughts go out to Cesar’s wife Ana, their children and their grandchildren,” Duff said. “Cesar was loved by all and one of the finest of the finest in the Norwalk Police Department. I am glad we all were able to have a ceremony with Cesar, his family, and the community last month to honor his over three decades of service. We will miss you, Cesar.”
Officer Ramirez will be laid to rest on Jan. 28, according to his department.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Norwalk Police Department Officer Cesar Ramirez, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.