Peter Zaffino, of Darien, has been appointed to the board of directors of the New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund.

Zaffino is president and CEO of Marsh Inc. He has played a number of high-level strategic roles in Marsh & McLennan Companies and the insurance and reinsurance industries. He is a member of the Marsh & McLennan Companies Executive Committee.

The fund provides assistance to the families of New York City police officers, firefighters, Port Authority police and emergency medical services personnel who have been killed in the line of duty. Since its inception in 1985 by Daniel J. "Rusty" Staub, the charity has distributed more than $126 million to more than 600 families. The fund gives financial assistance to grieving families immediately after they lose their loved one and provides an ongoing network of support. The goal is to raise enough funds to provide meaningful annual distributions to beneficiaries for the remainder of their lives.

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