The New York Police & Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund, also known as Answer the Call, was founded in 1985 by Daniel J. “Rusty” Staub (New York Mets Hall of Famer). Answer the Call’s mission is to provide financial assistance and a network of support and special events for the families of New York City Police Officers, Firefighters, Port Authority Police, and EMTs who have been killed in the line of duty. Answer the Call provides financial assistance to grieving families immediately after they lose their loved one and continues to provide assistance in the form of annual stipends for the remainder of each widow or widower’s life. This year the annual stipend will be $7,000. In 2018 alone, we expect to distribute approximately $4 million directly to the families of our fallen heroes. In addition, Answer the Call provides a variety of special events and other opportunities throughout the year to help its families cope and connect.
Since its inception, Answer the Call has distributed over $140 million to the families of New York City Police Officers, Firefighters, Port Authority Police, and EMS Personnel who have been killed in the line of duty. Over the course of a widow or widower’s lifetime Answer the Call expects to provide them each with over $250,000 dollars.
This year, Master class player, Steve Ketchum played on behalf of Answer the Call and won second place raising $60,000.
To learn more about Answer the Call, visit answerthecall.org.