2013-11-15 / Community

Helping Families Of Fallen Heroes

Remembering the families of fallen NYC police and firefighters have left behind, the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund has issued a call for support.

Since 1985, the funds administrators say, it has distributed over $126 million to the families of those who have been killed in the line of duty.

They say people can make a meaningful difference in the lives of the families of fallen first responders this holiday season by supporting the Benefit Fund.

Grieving families of New York City police officers, firefighters, Port Authority police and EMS personnel receive immediate and ongoing financial assistance through the Benefit Fund, in addition to a network of support and gatherings for these families to cope and connect after such tragedy.

The goal is to raise enough funds to provide meaningful annual distributions to beneficiaries for the remainder of their lives.

Anyone interested can contact the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund at 646- 728- 4425 or www.answerthecall.org for more information or to donate online.

Founded in 1985 by Mets ballplayer Daniel J. “Rusty” Staub, the Benefit Fund currently serves more than 600 families.

Last year, the Benefit Fund distributed over $2.5 million to the families of fallen first responders.

Organizers said, “The need has grown, but the mission remains the same: “Never Forget” those that put the safety of others before their own. The Benefit Fund takes pride in “answering the call” as our fallen heroes have done to protect our city, courageously sacrificing their lives so we can live and work in a safer community.”

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