NEWS RELEASE: Authorities Introduce “100 Club of East Texas”
Press conference held at Kilgore PD to announce 100 Club of East Texas (Photo courtesy: Kilgore PD)
Police Chiefs and Sheriffs in East Texas held a press conference Thursday afternoon at the Kilgore Police Department to introduce the “100 Club of East Texas.” The 100 Club of East Texas is a non-profit 501©(3) Foundation which supports the families of fallen officers who die or are injured in the line of duty.
More law enforcement officers – 144 – died in the line of duty in the United States in 2018 than in 2017, reversing a one-year decline, according to a preliminary report released by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Texas was one of four states leading the number of officer deaths with 11 fallen officers.
Seeing a regional need in East Texas, a regional group of civic and business leaders have come together to create a non-profit organization to support dependents and spouses of fallen officers who are killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty. This foundation will provide support to law enforcement in 20 East Texas counties. As the foundation grows, the foundation will provide financial assistance for training and equipment not budgeted through governing bodies.
“The East Texas Chiefs and sheriffs are promoting the 100 Club of East Texas as it will directly benefit officers families killed or seriously injured in the line of duty in Marshall and Harrison County, Texas and surrounding counties,” said Marshall Police Chief Cliff Carruth. “We ask that you take a look at the website and consider supporting your local law enforcement officers.”
The 100 Club of East Texas is comprised of the following counties: Red River, Delta, Hopkins, Franklin, Titus, Morris, Cass, Marion, Camp, Upshur, Wood, Rains, Harrison, Panola, Gregg, Rusk, Smith, Henderson, Anderson and Cherokee.
For more information about the 100 Club of East Texas or to learn how to donate, please visit https://www.easttexas100club.org/ .
Public Information Officer
Marshall Police Department