Who Are We?
The Auburn Hills Police and Fire Benevolent Association is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization comprised of members of the Auburn Hills Police and Fire Departments. The primary purpose of the organization is to provide immediate financial assistance to its members or their families in the event of a death or catastrophic career ending injury, arising from an incident related to their employment with the City of Auburn Hills. The Benevolent Association may also assist other charitable community organizations.
“Although an act of help done timely, might be small in nature, it is truly larger than the world itself.” ― Thirukkural
Over the past decade, an average of 151 police officers and 108 fire fighters have died in the line of duty each year. While both police and fire leaders have introduced initiatives to reduce the number of fatalities, the reality is that providing public safety is dangerous. Unfortunately, this truth hit home in Auburn Hills in February of 1994 when Firefighter Dennis Dearing Jr. lost his life in the line of duty while battling a house fire.
All city employees are covered by insurance for injuries that occur on the job. Unfortunately, receiving financial compensation from an insurance provider can be delayed for an extended period due to the complexity of the situation. The Auburn Hills Police and Fire Benevolent Association provides immediate assistance, reducing the stress of meeting financial obligations as the family navigates a tragic experience. The assistance provided by the Benevolent Association bridges the gap between an unexpected loss of income and when the insurance provider starts to administer the plan benefit.
We pray there is never a need to assist an Association member or their family. However, as first responders we know too well that a disaster is never a planned event. We must be prepared to respond to the situation and help others as necessary. Someday, it may be one of our own that needs assistance.
"It is not how these officers died that made them heroes, it is how they lived." —Vivian Eney Cross, Survivor