Detectives' Endowment Association, Inc. — Paul DiGiacomo, President

Related Charities

The following charities are related to the Detectives’ Endowment Association. Please click below for information about each charity, and how to support it.

The DEA Support Fund

The DEA’s Support Fund is a supplemental account maintained by the union to handle any unforeseen emergencies that may arise. This may include such necessities as the purchase of additional health benefits for our members. The Fund may be utilized for something as singular as a piece of medical equipment, or for something as large and continuing as catastrophic medical bills for a Detective, his or her spouse, or child in dire physical condition.  Personal and family crises, cancer cases, exorbitant prescription drugs, and other unforeseen necessities and emergencies above and beyond the realm of current health benefits or other insurance coverage, has driven home the importance to the union of having our Support Fund.

This became particularly apparent after the events of 9/11. We’re painfully aware that there are many medical ramifications resulting from the rescue and recovery work performed by our Detectives during and after the World Trade Center attacks.  It’s been critically important that we’ve been able to assist our membership in this unique health crisis.  Our brave first responders never hesitate to put themselves in harm’s way: and it’s the Union’s desire to support such selfless duty.  Our members know the DEA is always there for them in their time of need.

Our many heartfelt thanks go to all those who contribute to our Funds. We appreciate your concern for the hardworking men and women of the New York Police Department who proudly wear the Detective’s gold shield.

Donations to the DEA’s Support Fund can be made payable to the Fund and sent to the DEA, 26 Thomas Street, New York, New York 10007.

DEA Widows' and Children's Fund

The DEA maintains a not-for-profit charitable Fund – the DEA Widows’ and Children’s Fund – which originated to help support the families of those who died in the line of duty.The concept of this Fund dates back to the founding of the Union in 1917, at a time when the widows and children of slain Police Officers received very little assistance, and it was up to the Officer’s colleagues to look after the welfare of the families of their fallen brothers. That protective spirit, bond, fraternity, and brotherhood still exists today amongst the members of New York’s Finest.

One of the Fund’s primary functions is providing to the families of the fallen select health benefits, as well as financial assistance with excessive medical bills, equipment, and other items. We have serviced and continue to service more than 100 “line of duty” families.

Additionally, when any active DEA member passes away, the DEA provides a $10,000 funeral expense to the Detective’s family, and then provides full DEA health benefits coverage to the surviving spouse and children until the youngest child reaches the age of 19.

The DEA also maintains a number of specific Trust Funds on behalf of the children of Detectives killed in the line of duty:

When two of our undercover Detectives, James Nemorin and Rodney Andrews, were murdered on Staten Island on March 10, 2003, the DEA Widows’ and Children’s Fund immediately established the March 10th Undercover Fund, a scholarship fund for the five children they left behind. This Fund assists with the educational needs of the children of these two courageous police Detectives.

With the tragic loss of Detectives Patrick Rafferty and Robert Parker, shot and killed in the line of duty on September 10, 2004, the DEA similarly set up educational funds for the three children of Det. Rafferty.

The Union established The Carrington Fund for the benefit of Niya Carrington, the young daughter of Det. Sean Carrington, who was shot and killed in the line of duty on January 19, 1998. The Fund was set up to help provide for Niya’s higher education.

The DEA set up Trust Funds for the two young daughters of Det. Dillon Stewart, shot and killed in the line of duty on November 28, 2005, and for Tyler Ann Zadroga, the young daughter of widower Det. James Zadroga, who passed away in January of 2006 from illnesses related to his work on the World Trade Center rescue and recovery efforts.

The DEA Widows’ and Children’s Fund was also a conduit for 9/11 police and fire relief, and the DEA collected and distributed more than 1.2 million dollars to the families of those NYPD, FDNY, and PAPD Officers who made the ultimate sacrifice when the World Trade Center was attacked and destroyed in 2001. Sadly, for first responders, the ramifications of the rescue and recovery work from the WTC disaster are still being felt. In the 16 years since Detectives Joseph Vigiano and Claude Richards were killed during the attack, 53 of our Detectives have died “in the line of duty” as a result of cancers they contracted because of their work in the toxic WTC debris at “the pile,” “the morgue” and the Freshkills Landfill.

The DEA Widows’ and Children’s Fund also gives scholarship awards to deserving children of DEA members. These awards are selected in a random drawing each fall at one of the union’s events or meetings. In 2017, we gave ten scholarships of $5,000 each in memory of the DEA’s late, beloved Vice President Det. Jack Healy.

Financial support for the DEA’s not-for-profit Widows’ and Children’s Fund is always gratefully accepted.  The fund has no overhead, as all labor, office space, and expenses associated with operating it fall under the auspices of the DEA.

The Fund is financed through donations from other foundations, corporations, individual civilian supporters, and donations made by representatives of the law enforcement community, including the DEA’s own generous membership.

City workers can become bi-weekly supporters of the DEA’s Widows’ and Children’s Fund through payroll deduction with the New York City Gives Campaign (formerly known as the Combined Municipal Campaign/CMC). Donations can be as small as one dollar ($1.00) per paydayThe DEA Widows’ and Children’s Fund’s CMC code number is 11979.

Members of the service can also show their support by purchasing the promotional items the DEA produces and sells at our headquarters building at 26 Thomas Street, Manhattan. Shoppers will find high-quality shirts, hats, pins, and other items emblazoned with the trademarked DEA logo and Detective’s gold shield. Some of the proceeds from the sale of these items benefits the DEA’s Widows’ and Children’s Fund.

The DEA Widows’ and Children’s Fund can also accept select new product donations that can be raffled or auctioned off for the Fund at one of our events, such as our Winter Convention or Summer Picnic. We can also use toys or other children’s items that can be distributed to needy children at one of the many events handled by the DEA’s Entertainment and Public Relations Committees.

The DEA Widows’ and Children’s Fund is a 501(c)(3) charity and all donations to the Fund are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Donations can be earmarked specifically for any of the above-mentioned Trusts or simply sent to the Fund in general by writing a check or money order made payable to the DEA Widows’ and Children’s Fund. Please mail donation(s) to …


The Detectives’ Endowment Association, Inc.

26 Thomas Street

New York, NY 10007

Attn: Paul DiGiacomo, Vice President


To all those who have given so generously to this Fund throughout the years, we sincerely thank you.

Community Mayors Needs Volunteers

The Community Mayors of NY/NJ, which the DEA has been involved with for many years, is looking for volunteers. The Community Mayors assists children with special needs, and their motto is, “No one is so tall as when they stoop to help a handicapped child.”

Updates can be found at their website at

The spring season of hosting children with disabilities and special needs is slated as follows:

April 25 — St. John’s Athletes and Kids (Rain or Shine)

April 30 — Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum (Rain or Shine) – pick up volunteer parking pass out front and across the street, traveling north and south)

May 4 — Earth Day Conference House, Staten Island w/ Poly Prep (40 kids)

May 10 — Prospect Park Zoo and Carousel

May 16 — Deno’s Wonder Wheel

May 23 — Luna Park

May 30 — Adventures’ Family Entertainment

Check under “Kids Events” listed on the website.

Volunteers should arrive at all venues by 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Call (908) 268-9016 for more information or to volunteer.


9/11 Families Create HOPS — Helping Our Post 9/11 Survivors

A number of families of members of the service who died from cancers related to their work on the rescue and recovery from the World Trade Center attacks of 2001 have created an organization called HOPS — Helping Our Post 9/11 Survivors.


The HOPS mission is to create charitable events for NYPD 9/11 First Responders and to sew charity quilts for families of the deceased.


Visit their website at —


Mission Statement


HOPS members can be reached at


Or by writing to …


HOPS Box 1062

224-21 Merrick Boulevard

Laurelton, NY 11413