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Norwalk Police to honor ailing Ramirez

Norwalk Housing Authority Board Chairman Cesar Ramirez in October 2018, at a ribbon cutting for Soundview Landing. (Harold Cobin)

NORWALK, Conn. –Norwalk Police Officer Cesar Ramirez, a 32-year member of the force, will be given a sendoff at 3 p.m. Friday. He has been diagnosed with brain cancer.

“It’s a very sad situation,” Mayor Harry Rilling said.

Ramirez, 71, joined the NPD in 1987, after seven years with the New York City Police Department.  In August 2016 he received a Community Policing Award from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and was named Officer of the Month for organizing a vigil honoring five murdered Dallas Police officers.

As chairman of the Norwalk Housing Authority Board of Commissioners (on which he has served since 1992), Ramirez represents the Housing Authority on the Fair Housing Commission. He was also a Second Taxing District Commissioner from 2009-2016 until forced to choose between the Housing Authority and the Second District. He stated: “Housing has been my heart for so long. We have so many projects going on and I love this Commission. …  You can see the effects when you deal with humans.”

Norwalk Police Officer Cesar Ramirez. (Harold Cobin)

Last week, recalling his career as a police officer, Ramirez said that he always tried to find the good in people he encountered, even in situations where he was enforcing the law.  He said he believed every person deserved to be treated with respect, regardless of their circumstances in life.

Monroe Street will be closed for the send off, the Norwalk Fire Department will participate and there will be a motorcade.

“He is a tremendously passionate and professional police officer who served the city for over 30 years,” Rilling said. “We are heartbroken but we’re standing by him, we’re praying for him, hoping that he will fight like he always does. He’s a strong man. And he’s a fighter and if anybody can come out of this on the other side in a good way, he will.”

48 comments

Laura S. December 11, 2019 at 7:53 am

This is a very sad news . I remember him for been a great police officer nice to the community and just a great person. Hope he receives the help that he needs.

Fred Wilms December 11, 2019 at 9:32 am

Cesar – You have been a real pillar in the Norwalk community, and my friend, for many years. My prayers are with you.

JOHN C ROMANO December 11, 2019 at 9:37 am

Prayers for my friend Cesar. He is and always has been a true community police officer. His out reach to all especially the Hispanic community is what he is all about. Hope he has a medical break threw and lives out his days not in pain. This tribute is well deserved.

Hiram Sierra December 11, 2019 at 10:09 am

I have so many wonderful things that I can say about officer Ramirez. He is a wonderful man and always there when you need a landing hand. If there is a officer that does his job well, well that’s officer Ramirez. My prayers for this wonderful man. Officer Ramirez I salute you and May God continue to bless you every day.

Diane Lauricella December 11, 2019 at 11:17 am

Cesar
No matter what we discussed, you were always a gentleman. Thank you for your years of service.

Fight like heck…my prayers to you and your family!

Richard Arriaga December 11, 2019 at 12:31 pm

As a former NWLK Paramedic, I had the great honor and privilege of working with Cesar. He helped with many of the 911 calls I responded to. He was always a very caring and compassionate person and never had to be asked to help.

Eva Beau December 11, 2019 at 12:43 pm

I will miss my friend. He always saw the good in people. Not only was he an excellent officer, he was a great human being! I miss seeing him in the community, he was always involved. . . .

Izora Ebron December 11, 2019 at 1:51 pm

Cesar:
You certainly will be missed serving the residents of the Norwalk community.
You have always been a fair, kind, and professional individual. My prayers are with you always as you battle cancer.
Many blessings,
Izora

Stacey V. December 11, 2019 at 2:05 pm

On behalf of my family, I want to thank you for everything you have done! I pray that you will be nothing short of blessed in your circumstance! Stay strong!

Abraham Geovanni Ramirez December 11, 2019 at 3:44 pm

Thank You to all for your amazing support. My father means the world to mean and a great deal of importance to many. This article caught us by surprise & we are forever grateful for his commemoration. We hope to see you all there on Friday the 13th @3pm in Honor of my Father Cesar <3 Have a Great Evening all !

Denise DeMarsh December 11, 2019 at 3:48 pm

Officer Ramirez was our DARE officer at Kendall one year. Such a wonderful man…an inspiration & a role model. Bless you. You’ll be in my prayers.

mildred A dumont December 11, 2019 at 4:29 pm

Cesar – You have been a real friend, for many years. My prayers are with you.Many blessings,Stay strong!

Larry Losio December 11, 2019 at 4:44 pm

Cesar- You are, and have always been, the consummate police officer that I would hope all officers might aspire to emulate. Your commitment, passion, perseverance and professionalism are all exemplary. I’m disappointed that I only got to work with you for a short while -but consider myself fortunate nonetheless to have had that opportunity. I’m also confident that every member of our community that has ever had the pleasure of working or dealing with you feels the same way. I wish you all possible strength as you fight to regain your health!

Lisa Nuzzo December 11, 2019 at 5:16 pm

Cesar, You and I served on the NHA together a few years ago. You showed me the ropes, and I admired your way of working together with everyone on the board and smiling through the seriousness. You are an advocate and an inspiration for Norwalk and its citizens, and I will pray for you and send you all the positive vibes possible! Best always, Lisa Nuzzo

Jim Anderson December 11, 2019 at 6:26 pm

A friend to many, Cesar is a type of person that has his every part of his body and soul in what he feels passionate about, given enforcing the law, helping the community and above all else his family. As a fellow New Yorker, Cesar and I bonded on many levels personally. I love you brother and may God give you and your family the strength to fight this and the comfort of knowing there are many of us. Praying for you.

Hattie Doctor December 11, 2019 at 7:51 pm

I am so sorry to hear about your illness. Thanks for all the work you have done for the shelter and in the community. May God Bless you always.

Lisa Biagiarelli December 11, 2019 at 8:36 pm

Thank you, Officer Ramirez, for everything you have done for the Norwalk community over the years. May your strong faith, the love of your family and of your many friends in the Police Department and the community at large, and the tender and merciful hand of God, who sees and knows every heart, help to guide your steps as you walk this difficult path. You are in our thoughts and our prayers. Dios te bendiga. On behalf of your friends at City Hall.

Amelia morales December 11, 2019 at 8:58 pm

Mis Oraciones están contigo Cesar. Un gran líder de la comunidad,siempre buscando el bienestar de todos y dando la mano a quien lo necesita. Siempre nos has representado con orgullo y los latinos nos sentimos orgulloso de ti. Todos tenemos una deuda contigo por las tantas veces que te preocupaste y dijiste presente en todas las actividades para ayudar en alguna causa para remediar alguna situación. Gracias y que con la ayuda de Dios salgas victorioso de esta situación. Bendiciones 🙏

Corrine Weston December 11, 2019 at 10:00 pm

I salute you for your caring heart and soul regarding the South Norwalk community. During our time working together on Sono Alliance projects you never wavered in your belief for a better future. Praying for you and your family.

Claire Schoen December 11, 2019 at 10:20 pm

A true community leader who I see as always smiling, even when giving me a (much deserved) parking ticket. Thank you for all that you’ve done for Norwalk. Miracles happen, I wish for them for you.

Jeanette Taloni Moore December 11, 2019 at 11:46 pm

I was fortunate to meet this kind and friendly man around 1988 in my neighborhood; and have seen him in the town working for many years. He is a true policeman and a wonderful person. God Bless you!

Amber McKiel December 11, 2019 at 11:49 pm

Officer Cesar Ramirez, I Salute you!
Although I may never have met you I know how much strength and care you must have to be an active member of the Police force as well as to take part in so many other community activities and organizations. My twin brother is a Nassau County PO and my heart worries about him each and every day, not only for his and his friends/ loved ones lives but for what he sees and combats on a daily basis. You are a true hero! My prayers are with you and your family during this time! I went to college with your son for a few years and I can see the great in you through the good in him! Wishing you a speedy and easy recovery- if anyone deserves it… it’s you! Never stop fighting, never stop loving, and never give up hope! We’re all fighting with you! Much love and respect to you, Officer Ramirez. May we all forever bleed BLUE and stand by the thin blue line!! If any family needs anything during this hard time please don’t hesitate to reach out! Xoxo 🔷👮🚔🚨🏥💙

Karla Jiménez and Pablo Mora December 11, 2019 at 11:56 pm

Omg 😮 shocking news
It’s so sad to hear that he is one of the sweetest officer 👮‍♀️ and he married us 14 year as he also a justice of the peace officer
Our players goes to you Cesar
From los ticos Pablo Mora ((the electrician )
And Karla Jiménez
And also our kids Dylan and Justin

Ron Chase December 12, 2019 at 2:34 am

I CAN REMEMBER WORKING WITH CEASER HE WAS ALWAYS LOOKING FOR WAYS TO HELP THE PEOPLE OF NORWALK HE NEVER STOPPED HE WAS THE ULTIMATE COMMUNITY POLICE OFFICER YOU COULD COUNT ON HIM FOR ANYTHING AND BY HIM KNOWING EVERYONE IN THE COMMUNITY HE HELPED THE CITY.
RON AND CAROLE CHASE

Melanie Petropoulos December 12, 2019 at 5:36 am

Cesar this is such terrible news. You and your family have been great friends of ours for so long. I had the best marriage ceremony with you. I will never forget how you used to help my family with your words of encouragement and your great wisdom.
My prayers to you and your family.

Pablo Mora December 12, 2019 at 6:18 am

Very sad news… we need more people like Mr Rmirez in this world.
One gentleman and great officer…..God Bless Him.

Larry Katz December 12, 2019 at 7:01 am

Cesar you and your family are in my prayers. It was an honor to work with you on the housing commission.

Elaine Durrant December 12, 2019 at 5:52 pm

Officer Ramirez is an amazing person. One of Norwalks finest. Praying for a miracle🙏🙏🙏🙏

Tomas Curwen December 12, 2019 at 11:57 pm

My father, William Curwen, was a Norwalk Police officer for 30 years and worked alongside Cesar all those years. I have known him since I was born. My dad just attended the funeral of another Norwalk Officer that passed two weeks ago. It is very sad to see so many suffering including my dad but I know he will fight to the end!!! Prayers to him and his family!

The Jordan Family December 13, 2019 at 1:37 am

Cesar, we want you to know that you are loved!! We are praying for you. May God continue to bless you and give you and your family his strength. Thank you for your service!❤❤

Scott December 13, 2019 at 8:47 am

Spent my first 10 years in Norwalk living in SoNo and Officer Ramirez was a permanent fixture of the community. Always loved seeing him and his big smile. Thank you for everything you’ve done and we’re praying for you.

Juan and Rosa Colon December 13, 2019 at 9:52 am

Mr. Ramirez! Wow, what news to hear. I was in shock. But, I am truly grateful for all you have done in our community. Especially, back in the early years when we all got together to start the Puerto-Rican Parade of Norwalk in which you were president and Angel was the vice. No words can really express, but I can only pray for you Cesar Ramirez to battle and win this for you have always been fighter. Also most importantly I pray for Ana and Abraham for they too need the strength to help you with your battles as they continue to support you.

Ramón Luis Rivera December 13, 2019 at 11:38 am

I remember when you first came to Norwalk and offered your services, your person, to the Hispanic community. You always struct me as a genuine gentleman. My prayers are with you. May the Lord Jesus give you strength through this crisis, and know the He is always by your side no matter what.

Kathryn Hebert December 13, 2019 at 6:36 pm

A great man indeed who always leaves an indelible impression on everyone that meets him, forever. A beautiful person.

Marina Rivera December 13, 2019 at 7:02 pm

I am so sorry to hear about what you are going through. My prayers are with you and your family. Stay strong, be positive and have faith. Blessings.

Jim Donohue December 13, 2019 at 8:08 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Always a gentleman with a smile and strong hand shake. Stay strong!

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