20 Credit Unions That Treat 9/11’s Heroes Like VIPs

See the best credit unions for firefighters, EMTs and more.
  • Patriot Day 2018 marks the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks against the U.S.
  • Certain credit unions provide specialized services that cater to police, firefighters, and EMTs and their families.
  • First responders and military can get great rates at credit unions.
  • The Sept. 11, 2001 attacks will be remembered as a tragedy in American history that forever changed the country. In that tragedy, however, Americans found innumerable acts of courage by heroic first responders. As the country remembers that day and the people who risked and lost so much, GOBankingRates highlights the credit unions and banks that serve first responders every day.

    Click to read about ways 9/11 impacted the U.S. economy.

      Police Credit Unions

      Here are credit unions that cater to police officers:

      Police and Fire Federal Credit Union

      • Open to: Active and retired police officers and firefighters and their families, or member of an organization that offers membership
      • Areas served: Philadelphia
      • Featured product: Mortgages: $500 off home closing fees with low rates and no application fee

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      Houston Police Credit Union

      • Open to: Active or retired police officers, Police Department civilian employees, and their families including surviving spouses
      • Areas served: Houston
      • Featured product: Auto loan rates as low as 1.99% APR

      Delaware State Police Federal Credit Union

      • Open to: Delaware State Police Federal Credit Union is available to employees of federal, state, county or municipal police protection agencies and their families
      • Areas served: Certain counties in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia
      • Featured product: Titanium Visa card with an interest rate as low as 9.90% APR

      SF Police Credit Union

      • Open to: Law enforcement personnel in California, plus firefighters, EMTs and court employees in the Bay Area and their families
      • Areas served: California
      • Featured product: Get a credit of 20 to 25 percent of the commission when you buy or sell a home with a Century 21 realtor in the Realtor Referral Affinity Program

      United Police Federal Credit Union

      • Open to: Law enforcement employees and their families
      • Areas served: Miami-Dade County, Fla.
      • Featured product: Visa Platinum credit card with a fixed interest rate of 8.90% APR

      Los Angeles Police Federal Credit Union

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      • Open to: Los Angeles Police Federal Credit Union is available to active, retired, sworn and civilian employees in the police protection industry and their families
      • Areas served: Los Angeles County
      • Featured product: This credit union’s loans include auto loans from 1.89% APR, zero down and no payments for 90 days

      Police Federal Credit Union

      • Open to: Police Federal Credit Union is available to law enforcement personnel and their families, and the families of those who died while within the field of membership
      • Areas served: Greater metropolitan Washington, D.C. area
      • Featured product: Auto loans as low as 1.74% APR

      Hawaii Law Enforcement Federal Credit Union

      • Open to: Employee of state and local police, public safety, court and other departments, and their immediate families
      • Areas served: Hawaii
      • Featured product: Platinum rate MasterCard with APR as low as 7.75 percent

      Professional Police Officers Credit Union

      • Open to: Local appointed police officers and their immediate families
      • Areas served: Indianapolis, Indiana and the surrounding area
      • Featured product: Home equity line of credit as low as 3.25% APR

      Find Out: How Much Police Officers Make in Every State

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      Firefighters’ Credit Unions

      The following credit unions cater to firefighters:

      Akron Firefighters Credit Union

      • Open to: First responders and their families
      • Areas served: Northeast Ohio
      • Featured product: Visa card with 5.99% APR on balance transfers until they’re paid off

      Omaha Firefighters Credit Union

      • Open to: Firefighters and their families
      • Areas served: Omaha, Lincoln and surrounding areas in Nebraska
      • Featured product: Auto loans as low as 2.99% APR

      San Diego Firefighters Credit Union

      • Open to: Active and retired firefighters and all fire department personnel and their families
      • Areas served: County of San Diego
      • Featured product: Savings account with no monthly fee and free ATM transactions

      Boston Firefighters Credit Union

      • Open to: Employees and retirees of fire and police departments, state police, county sheriff’s department, EMS, their labor unions, and their families
      • Areas served: Boston
      • Featured product: 1% cash back on auto loans

      Firefighters Community Credit Union

      • Open to: Anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in the service area
      • Areas served: Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage and Summit counties, Ohio
      • Featured product: Checking account paying 2.00% APY with a $500 minimum daily balance
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      Chicago Firefighters Credit Union

      • Open to: Firefighters and their immediate family members
      • Areas served: Chicago
      • Featured product: Checking accounts pay 0.15% interest with a $500 balance

      Firefighters First Credit Union

      • Open to: Firefighters First Credit Union is available to firefighters, employees of non-profits that support firefighters and their families, including surviving spouses
      • Areas served: Nationwide
      • Featured product: New members get $100 when they open a checking account with direct deposit

      Firefighters Credit Union

      • Open to: Full- or part-time employee, retiree or volunteer at a fire department, and their families
      • Areas served: Utah
      • Featured product: 1.75% APY on a 12-month CD with just $1,000 minimum

      Nashville Firemen’s Credit Union

      • Open to: Employees and retirees of the Fire Department and their families
      • Areas served: Nashville, Tenn.
      • Featured product: New auto loans as low as 1.70% APR for up to 84 months

      See: Firefighters Only Get Paid This Much to Battle Billion-Dollar Blazes

      EMTs, Paramedics and Medical Personnel Credit Unions

      Here are the credit unions that cater to emergency medical technicians, paramedics and medical personnel:

      Emergency Responders Credit Union

      • Open to: Firefighters, police officers, and emergency responders, and their families
      • Areas served: North Carolina
      • Featured product: New auto loans starting at 1.75% APR

      Greater KC Public Safety Credit Union

      • Open to: Greater KC Public Safety Credit Union is available to first responders and their families
      • Areas served: Missouri and Kansas
      • Featured product: New car loans with rates as low as 3.14% APR

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