The New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's 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 personnel killed in the line of duty. We take pride in "answering the call" as our fallen heroes have done to protect our city. Immediately upon the death of one of these first responders, we provide the grieving family with $25,000 and every year thereafter, that family becomes part of our family and receives an annual distribution of $4,000 for the remainder of each widow or widower's life. Aside from the financial assistance, the Benefit Fund also provides a network of support and gatherings for our families to connect and cope. Relying solely on the support of private contributions, the Benefit Fund has distributed over $126 million to the families of fallen first responders since its inception. In 2012 alone, the Benefit Fund distributed over $2.4 million to over 600 families.