Nonprofit founded by Rusty Staub donating $50,000+ to NYPD widow, son

The N.Y. Police and Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund is helping the widow and 1-year-old son of fallen NYPD officer Jonathan Diller. The nonprofit group, also called Answer the Call, will give Diller’s widow $50,000 to help with any immediate money worries she may have.

The group, which was started by Rusty Staub, a former Mets player, in 1985, is also making arrangements to financially support her for the rest of her life with a yearly payment of $10,000.

Officials from Answer the Call announced on Tuesday morning that Diller, a 31-year-old resident of Massapequa Park, had died from a gunshot wound to the torso in Queens, just one day prior.

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Diller, who was part of the NYPD’s Critical Response Team, was one of two police officers who were stopping a vehicle on 19-19 Mott Avenue. While they were doing this, someone inside the car shot at the officers. According to the police, the shot that killed Dillon went into his torso, below his vest.

“We are very sad about the tragic death of officer Jonathan Diller. He was a husband, a father, a son, and a hero,” said Lauren Profeta, who is the executive director of Answer the Call. “We feel deep sadness for his family and the entire NYPD.” “We think the most respectful way to pay tribute to our fallen heroes is by assisting the families they have left behind.”

Answer the Call has been giving money to families who lost a loved one in the line of duty since 1985. They have given out over $175 million so far. According to today’s announcement, the group helped around 550 families and gave out more than $5.3 million last year.

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