New York Police & Fire Widows' & Children's Benefit Fund
The New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund (the "Benefit Fund"), founded in 1985 by Daniel J. "Rusty" Staub, is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting the families of New York City Firefighters, Police Officers, Port Authority Police, and EMS Officers who are killed in the line of duty. Immediately upon the death of one of these officers, the Benefit Fund provides the grieving family with $25,000.00 and every year thereafter, that family becomes part of the Benefit Fund family and receives an annual distribution of $4,000.00 to assist with living expenses. The Benefit Fund makes annual distributions to over 600 families and takes pride in "answering the call" as our fallen heroes have done to protect our city. Since its inception, the Benefit Fund has distributed over $123 million to its beneficiary families and continuously provides a network of support, encouragement, and special events to ensure that the sacrifice made by their loved ones has not been, nor never will be, forgotten. In 2011, the Benefit Fund distributed a total of $2.4 million to its beneficiary families. Please visit www.answerthecall.org to learn more about the Benefit Fund's mission.