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Former NY Met Rusty Staub hosted Family Day for Fallen Heroes at Citi Field
FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro stands with, from left, Gabriela Ambelas, 6, Giovanna Ambelas, 9, and their mom, Nanette Ambelas, Wednesday night at Citi Field. The two sisters threw out the ceremonial first pitches prior to the Mets-Giants game. (Courtesy of the NY Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Fund)

Former NY Met Rusty Staub hosted Family Day for Fallen Heroes at Citi Field


Children of FDNY Lt. Gordon “Matt” Ambelas, NYPD William Rivera, and PAPD Officer Joseph Navas tossed out first pitch –

 On June 10th, The New York Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund continued a tradition that started more than three decades ago. Former New York Met Rusty Staub and the New York Police and Fire Widow’s and Children’s Benefit Fund once again hosted more than 800 family members and supporters of fallen New York City Police Officers and Firefighters, Port Authority Police, and EMS Personnel at its Annual Game & Family Day at Citi Field.

The day featured a pre-game barbeque and family picnic event with special appearances by former New York Mets players, Former New York Ranger and Hockey Hall of Famer Mark Messier, New York City Football Club Players Chris Wingert and Ryan Meara as well as FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro.

As part of the event, the ceremonial first pitch was tossed out by the children of three fallen NYC Heroes: Gabriella and Giovanna Ambelas, daughters of FDNY Lt. Gordon “Matt” Ambelas of Ladder 119 – killed in the line of duty in July 2014. Amanda Rivera, daughter of NYPD William Rivera of 78th Precinct – died of injuries sustained in the line of duty in November 2004 and Justin Navas, son of PAPD Officer Joseph Navas who was killed on 9/11.

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About The New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund

The New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund provides assistance 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.  Since its inception in 1985 by Daniel J. “Rusty” Staub, the charity has distributed over $130 million to hundreds of families. The Benefit Fund provides immediate and ongoing financial assistance in the form of annual distributions to grieving families after they lose their loved one.  In addition, the Benefit Fund provides an ongoing network of support and gatherings for these families to cope and connect after such tragedy.  The Benefit Fund serves approximately 600 families, and the goal is to provide meaningful assistance to the beneficiaries for the rest of their lives. Please visit Check out the Benefit Fund on Twitter @AnswertheCall, Facebook and Instagram @AnswertheCallNYC.

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