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.”
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.”