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N.Y. Police and Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund Line of Duty Death Policy

It is the purpose of the N.Y. Police and Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund. Inc. (the “Benefit Fund”)  to expend, contribute, disburse and otherwise dispose of its money, income and other property to aid survivors of New York police and fire personnel who are killed in the line of duty.

The term “Department” means the New York City Police Department, New York City Fire Department (including emergency medical services (“EMS”)) and Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, as applicable.

The term “Officer” means (i) a police officer employed by the New York City Police Department, (ii) a firefighter or EMS technician employed by New York City Fire Department and (iii) a police officer employed by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, as applicable.

The term “line of duty” means any action which an Officer, while an active member of a Department, is obligated or authorized by law, rule, regulation, written condition of employment service to perform, or for which such Officer is compensated by such Department.

The term “killed in the line of duty” means, an Officer has died within six months after, and as a direct result of, a personal injury event sustained in the line of duty.  Deaths attributed to medical conditions like heart attacks or cancer generally are not included.  An example of an exception is a heart attack which occurs during, or in the immediate aftermath of, physical exertion required by any action which an Officer is taking while in the line of duty.

In determining whether an Officer was killed in the line of duty as recognized by the Benefit Fund, at a minimum the Benefit Fund requires (i) evidence that such Officer is eligible for inclusion on the applicable Department’s “wall of honor” and (ii) certification from the union associated with such Department that such union has declared the Officer’s death a line of duty death as recognized by such union.

Deaths that are covered by the Benefit Fund generally include, without limitation:

  1. a police officer is shot and killed while pursuing a suspect;
  2. a firefighter is killed by flames while fighting a fire;
  3. a police officer dies of a heart attack while pursuing a suspect.

Deaths that are not covered by the Benefit Fund generally include, without limitation:

  1. a police officer or firefighter dies of cancer;
  2. a police officer or firefighter dies of a heart attack while on vacation;
  3. a retired police officer or firefighter dies while performing the duties of an active police officer or firefighter, respectively;
  4. a police officer or firefighter dies of natural causes;
  5. a police officer or firefighter commits suicide.

This policy serves as a guideline by which the Board of the Benefit Fund determines whether an Officer has been killed in the line of duty.  It is in the exclusive, non-reviewable discretion of the Benefit Fund to determine whether an Officer has been killed in the line of duty as recognized by the Benefit Fund.

Notice to Contributors

Many states require charities who solicit funds from the public to register with the state agency regulating charities.  Although our annual financial report is always sent free to anyone requesting a copy, certain states require us to advise you that a copy of our annual financial report is also available from them.  If you desire a copy of our annual financial report you may write to:

New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund
767 Fifth Avenue, Room 2654-S1
New York, New York 10153
Office:  212-735-4505
info@answerthecall.org

NOTICE TO NEW YORK RESIDENTS: A COPY OF THE N.Y. POLICE AND FIRE WIDOWS’ & CHILDREN’S BENEFIT FUND, INC.’S LATEST ANNUAL REPORT MAY BE OBTAINED, UPON REQUEST, FROM THE N.Y. POLICE AND FIRE WIDOWS’ & CHILDREN’S BENEFIT FUND, INC. OR FROM THE NEW YORK STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S CHARITIES BUREAU, ATTN: FOIL OFFICER, 120 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10271.

NOTICE TO FLORIDA RESIDENTS: A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE, 1(800) 435-7352, WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.

NOTICE TO MARYLAND RESIDENTS:  A COPY OF THE CURRENT FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE N.Y. POLICE AND FIRE WIDOWS’ AND CHILDREN’S BENEFIT FUND, INC. IS AVAILABLE BY WRITING TO THE BENEFIT FUND AT 767 FIFTH AVENUE, ROOM 2654-S1, NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10153 OR BY CALLING 212-735-4505.  DOCUMENTS AND INFORMATION SUBMITTED UNDER THE MARYLAND SOLICITATIONS ACT ARE ALSO AVAILABLE, FOR THE COST OF POSTAGE AND COPIES, FROM THE MARYLAND SECRETARY OF STATE, STATE HOUSE, ANNAPOLIS, MD 21404, (410) 974-5534.

NOTICE TO NEW JERSEY RESIDENTS:  INFORMATION FILED WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL CONCERNING THIS CHARITABLE SOLICITATION AND THE PERCENTAGE OF CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED BY THE CHARITY DURING THE LAST REPORTING PERIOD THAT WERE DEDICATED TO THE CHARITABLE PURPOSE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY BY CALLING (973) 504-6215 AND IS AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET AT http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/ocp/charities.htm.  REGISTRATION WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT.

NOTICE TO PENNSYLVANIA RESIDENTS:  THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION OF THE N.Y. POLICE AND FIRE WIDOWS’ & CHILDREN’S BENEFIT FUND, INC. MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF STATE BY CALLING TOLL FREE, WITHIN PENNSYLVANIA, (800) 732-0999.  REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT.