Bereavement Assistance

Providing assistance to first responder families during tragic times

When a first responder passes away, whether in the line of duty, off duty or retired, First Responders Children’s Foundation honors our heroes by providing financial support and the comfort of a community response.


First responders carry the burden that at any point they may make the ultimate sacrifice by giving their life to save another.

Serving as a first responder isn’t a job, it’s a calling. First responders place their lives on the line every day to protect citizens and communities, and they knowingly accept these risks.

Since September 11, 2001, First Responders Children’s Foundation has provided assistance to first responder families during tragic times. When a first responder dies, whether line of duty, off-duty, retired, or when a first responder tragically takes his or her own life, First Responders Children’s Foundation is committed to honoring our heroes and providing support.

When a first responder agency and family experiences the death of a member, the emotions experienced can quickly overwhelm. First Responders Children’s Foundation is here to offer support during this difficult time. We have developed protocols that agencies and their members can use to provide some comfort and assistance during bereavement.

Who is a first responder?

First Responders Children’s Foundation defines first responders as police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians/paramedics, emergency and ICU medical staff, and employees directly supporting first responder departments such as 911 dispatchers.  Any other essential workers are not within the mission of the Foundation and will, unfortunately, be declined.

We stand by our heroes and the families of first responders, and we work with first responder agencies and the community so that each fallen first responder is never forgotten. We are your family, we support you, and First Responders Children’s Foundation will continue to support and stand by the children of first responders.


The success of our programs is only possible with the generous support of many donors like you.