Local money for families of local heroes
UPDATED: Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 8:55pm
McLennan County, TX — Police officers and first responders risk their life every time they go to work. What happened in West is an unfortunate example of the dangers that come along with serving the public.
A new organization that helps fallen police officers is starting up in McLennan County and it is called McLennan 100 Club.
Waco Police Chief Brent Stroman started out as a patrolman more than 30 years ago.
“That job is one of the few that I know of where the officer begins his or her day by putting on body armor,” said Stroman.
Last year, Stroman and a handful of others began to brainstorm the creation of a local 100 club.
100 clubs can be found across the county. Their purpose is to provide immediate assistance to families who lose a father or mother in the line of duty.
When a tragedy like this does occur, the last thing that family should have to worry about is money. So, the 100 club steps in to. They can take care of the mortgage, groceries and other expenses that may incur. Money from the 100 club comes from you- the local donator.
Link Harris is president of The First National Bank of Central Texas and is the acting president of the club.
“We’re not going to just give a 100,000 dollar check to anybody. We will know that this money will be going to those individuals and their families that need it,” said Harris. “We want to be involved in the community and we thought this was a great thing to do.”
When you donate, you get the famous 100 club sticker.
“As the officer approaches and sees the decal on the cars, they’ll just know that the person is a supporter of public safety here in McLennan County,” said Chief Stroman.
“The support that we have from our community has just been outstanding. And this is an opportunity for us to have the community actually partner with us and help take care of our public servants, who on a daily basis, serve them and sacrifice themselves for the service.”
There are various levels of donation. For more information on how to join the McLennan 100 Club, please visit mclennan100club.org.