Granddaughter of Fallen FDNY Hero Answers the Call

The New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund is proud to announce the election of Lauren Koslow to its Junior Committee.  Koslow, a senior auditor at Ernst & Young LLP, joins the Benefit Fund to honor the memories of New York City’s finest and bravest, as well as to further aid families like her own, who lost a loved one in the line of duty.

My mom - Ronnie, myself, and my aunt - Rosemary on September 11, 2015 at my grandpa's plaque after volunteering handing out feather tattoos for the benefit fund

Lauren with her Mom Ronnie and Aunt Rosemary

Koslow’s grandfather, FDNY Deputy Chief Thomas A. Reilly, was killed in the line of duty on October 17, 1966.  He left behind his wife, Mary Reilly, and six children, including Koslow’s mother who was just ten years old at the time of her father’s passing.  The Benefit Fund provided Mrs. Reilly with support for 30 years until she sadly passed away.  The Benefit Fund remains important to the Reilly Family.  “I know how important the Benefit Fund is for people like my mom and grandma,” says Koslow, “and I want to help in anyway that I can.”

Grandma and Grandpa on their wedding day

Photo of Lauren’s grandparents on their wedding day.


My mom - Ronnie, Uncle Tom, Aunt Rosemary, Grandma, Aunt Dolores, Aunt Virginia, and Uncle Joe at a wreath laying ceremony

Widow and Six Children of Fallen FDNY Hero


Koslow’s efforts are preceded by her mother and aunt volunteering at Benefit Fund events, as well as her family’s attendance at such events as the Annual Game and Family Day at Citi Field.  In order to further aid the Benefit Fund, Koslow brings the support of her extended family, three generations of passionate supporters of the FDNY, as well as her own skills and talents.

Three generations of Reillys at a wreath laying ceremony

Three generations of Reillys at a wreath laying ceremony

4 Comments on “Granddaughter of Fallen FDNY Hero Answers the Call

  1. Linda Tirone says:

    I know this family very well. This is a wonderful family & this story is a wonderful tribute to Mr. Reilly.

  2. Linda Tirone says:

    Great article & good luck Lauren.

  3. steven gorga says:

    Very, very special! Love you all

  4. Kathleen Hogan says:

    Congratulations Lauren. Your family must be so proud – and rightfully so. Virginia is Lauren my “birthday mate?”

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