Founded in 1988 to provide support and assistance to the spouses and children of New York City police officers killed in the performance of their duty.  The Survivors of the Shield (SOS) came together through the efforts of three police widows, Kathleen Murray, Mary Beth O”Neill, and Susan McCormack.

Photo by NY Cop Online Magazine
SOS President Susan McCormack with PBA President Patrick Lynch at the NYPD Memorial Wall, May 2000.


To provide a SELF-SUPPORT GROUP for the needs of survivors in need of social, economic, and emotional assistance.

This is a not for profit organization that must rely on the generosity of contributors to continue ifs efforts to bring police survivors together, to offer support sessions, college scholarships to children not eligible for assistance, and financial assistance to families receiving nominal pensions affected by inflation over the years

The membership encourages an outreach program to provide hope and comfort to ALL police widows and families.


SOS has established volunteer response teams to respond immediately to the family of a deceased officer in New York City boroughs and suburban areas.

SOS has worked for the initiation and passage of former Governor Cuomo’s COPS Agenda (Care Of Our Police and Survivors) including the following bills:

Pension benefits to continue for spouse for lifetime, regardless of marital status

NY State Memorial scholarship giving spouses and children full tuition at any college in NY

Award paid by the Crime Victims Board toward burial expenses

Monuments contructed in Albany and Battery Park City honoring police officers killed in the line of duty.

Survivors of the Shield (SOS)
PO Box 100177
Staten Island, New York 10310

For more information about us:
Telephone: 1-718-815-2803
FAX: 1- 845 228-2930




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