Special to the Journal
The 100 Club of Central Texas presented 18 ballistic vests to the Bell County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday, Nov. 27. The vests were donated to The Club in support of its Ballistic Vest Grant for law enforcement departments. In attendance at the presentation were several members of The Club’s Board of Directors, including Board Chair Tami Baker and Executive Director Etta Moore, as well as several members of the Sheriff’s Department, including Assistant Chief Deputy, Major T.J. Cruz.
The vests will put the department “ahead of the game” in protecting its deputies, said Major Cruz. The department is grateful to have citizens in the community who understand the importance of law enforcement and the work they do.
Tami Baker considers providing life protecting equipment a major piece of The 100 Club’s mission to provide support to first responders and their families. “Wearing a ballistic vest can save an officer’s life,” she noted. “If that means one more officer or deputy can go home to their family at the end of the day, The Club has accomplished what we set out to do.”
The 100 Club is dedicated to providing support to first responders and their families, especially when there has been a line of duty death or critical injury. They serve more than 15,000 emergency medical technicians, firefighters, and law enforcement officers across six Central Texas counties (Bastrop, Bell, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson). Since its inception in 1983, The 100 Club of Central Texas has served the families of 32 fallen and 33 critically injured first responders.
“First responders put themselves in harm’s way to serve when we have our worst days,” said Etta Moore. “The ability to be there when they need us most is a small way The 100 Club community shows first responders and their families their service and sacrifice matters.” To become a part of the community, donate online (www.100clubcentex.com), by phone (512-345- 3200), or by mail (The 100 Club of Central Texas | 3200 Steck Ave, Ste 240 | Austin, TX 78757).