About New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund:
Since the its inception in 1985 by Rusty Staub, the Benefit Fund has distributed more than $105 million to the families of New York City Police and Fire personnel who have been killed in the line of duty. Though the Benefit Fund was initially created to assist families of New York City Fire Fighters and Police Officers, it now includes the families of Emergency Medical Services and Port Authority Police as well.
Starting in 1987, the Benefit Fund provided 320 families with annual financial assistance. Now, the commitment has grown to nearly 700 families. The need has certainly increased, but the Benefit Fund's mission remains the same: helping children and spouses who lost a loved one in the line of duty, charged with the task of keeping OUR families safe.
For more than 22 years, the New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund has stepped up to help those families. Immediately after the death of a First Responder, the Benefit Fund delivers the family a check to help them through the uncertain times such a tragedy can bring. After the initial crisis, the Benefit Fund provides each family with financial support and a network of friends ready to lend a hand.