On April 2, 1978, my father, NYPD Police Officer Norman Cerullo, was killed in the line of duty. The New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children's Benefit Fund (Answer the Call) was established several years later and helped to fill a void in support for my family and over 600 familes like mine. As a way to give back, I’ll be competing in what's been described as the the toughest one-day endurance race in the world, an Ironman triathlon, which is comprised of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run. I plannes tk race Ironman Lake Placid in memory of my dad and other first responders who were tragically killed in the line of duty. Ironman's motto is, "Anything is Possible." With your help and motivation, I hope to both reach my fundraising goal, and to drag myself over the finish line within the 17 hour time cap. I would be grateful for your support.
Update: Due to Covid-19, the race has been cancelled and reacheduled for next year. The fundraising, and training, continues.
The mission of the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund is to support the families of New York City Police Officers, Firefighters, Port Authority Police, and EMS Personnel who have been killed in the line of duty. When these brave men and women make the ultimate sacrifice to protect our city, we believe it is our civic duty to support the families these heroes have left behind. Our mission is to reassure these families that we will never forget them or the sacrifices made by their loved ones. We currently provide annual financial assistance, host special gatherings, and offer a network of support to approximately 600 families. Our goal is to raise enough funds to enable us to increase the annual support we provide to these families. Our first responders come running whenever we need help. It's time we do the same for them.