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Yankees pay for NYPD officers kids education

Fair or not, the New York Yankees have a reputation for being baseball's "evil empire." Well, here's something that's certainly not evil: The Yankees are paying for the education of slain New York police officer Rafael Ramos' two children.

Ramos was one of the two NYPD officers shot and killed Saturday by a gunman who ambushed the two officers then later killed himself. The Yankees, through their Silver Shield Foundation, will pay for the education of Ramos' two children. He left behind a college-aged son and a 13-year-old named Jaden, who gained attention for mourning his father on Facebook.

The other officer killed, Wenjian Liu, didn't have children, or else the Silver Shield Foundation would have helped them too. The foundation has been doing this kind of work since 1982, when it was founded by ex-Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.

Now, the foundation pays for education costs of children of police officers and firefighters who've died in the line of duty, including NYPD, New York Fire Department, the New York port authority, the state police in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and others. 

It also offers tutoring and college prep services, bereavement counseling and will help spouses seek their education.