The 100 Club has helped Amanda stay in the home she built with her husband and to raise their son in the town that has embraced them.
The high-speed pursuit began when another game warden suspected illegal night hunting after seeing a spotlight and hearing a gunshot. Texas Game Warden Justin Hurst was called in as backup. After a 90-minute chase across two counties, Hurst was shot and mortally wounded by a suspect with an automatic rifle and pistol. He was flown to a local hospital, but died within hours from his injuries. It was March 17, 2007, his 34th birthday. Hurst left behind his wife Amanda and a four-month-old son.
“When your spouse is killed, and you’re holding a newborn,” says Amanda, “all you can think about is how am I going to keep going. How am I going to make house payments and car payments and groceries and health insurance? Where are these things coming from?”
Through the financial support of The 100 Club, Amanda’s mortgage was paid in full and needed repairs to keep her home safe for a baby were made. To help Amanda maintain her home, The 100 Club also purchased a new riding lawn mower and set funding in place for her son to further his education after high school.
“I never imagined being a stay-at-home mom. I’m so glad I was given that opportunity and that choice, because raising our son has been the best part of my life … and the only part of Justin that I still have,” said Amanda.
The 100 Club is proud to assist Justin Hurst’s family and offer support wherever we can. That’s why we’re here.
Mrs. Dwight Bazile
Monday, June 01, 2015 8:32 PM
First of all, I want to Thank The 100 Club for solving the gigantic load of debt Captain Dwight Bazile and I had. I wake up each morning Thanking God for you and the staff for keeping that stress off of me after losing my husband.
May you continue to be blessed.
Mrs. Dwight Bazile
John Salvaggio Jr.
After graduating from Sam Houston State University, John Salvaggio Jr., son of Houston Police Department Officer John Salvaggio, who was killed in the line of duty in November of 1990, sent his appreciation to The 100 Club in the form of a Certificate of Appreciation (click on image to see larger view).
Here is his personal note:
Dear Mr. Hartley
Thank you so much for the help that I received from The 100 Club. It is because of you and The 100 Club that I was able to accomplish my goal of graduating from college. Now I will be looking into graduate school.
John Salvaggio Jr.
Tony Livesay was one of the critically injured firefighters on May 31, 2013 5-alarm fire in southwest Houston. He was one of several critically injured firefighters who have received financial assistance from The 100 Club.
December 29, 2014
I just wanted to take a moment at here as 2014 draws to an end to say thank you for all of the support my family received this year from the 100 club. As I am continuing my rehab I, still continuing to improve a little everyday. It's been a long 18 months since the Southwest Inn fire, but with all the changes in my world, I'm still working strong for myself and my children. I am truly blessed. I wanted to personally thank you knowing the 100 Club supported me, and will be forever greatful. I'm not certain of how much rehab I have left, but I am heading in the right direction.
I wish you and The 100 Club a successful 2015 and thank you for supporting Houston's Finest!
HFD Rescue 42
First of all please let me say thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kind generosity. The work that 100 Club does is amazing. I want you to know if I can ever be of any service to The 100 Club please do not hesitate to give me a call.
My life has been turned upside down but you guys have stepped in like angels from the sky to hold me up and give me such strength.
I just wanted to send you the worksheet that you left me when you came by to see me right after Daniel's death. If you are in need of anything else from me please do not hesitate to give me a call.
You are truly doing God’s work, Thank you so much.
The 100 Club is making it possible for Brandie to focus on her family of five, without financial worry.
Fire Lt. Eric Wallace died while fighting a structure fire at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Bryan on February 15, 2013. Two other Bryan firefighters were critically injured while fighting the blaze and another veteran Bryan firefighter died a day later from injuries sustained while fighting the lodge fire.
A 13-year veteran of the Bryan Fire Department, Lt. Wallace, 36, was honored in 2010 as a “100 Club Firefighter of the Year,” for his off-duty actions in rescuing a man from a burning home and saving his life. Wallace is survived by his wife Brandie and five children, ages 1 to 16.
“It was the worst day of my life to tell my children that their daddy wasn’t going to live with us anymore, but he is going to live in our hearts forever,” says Brandie. “But The 100 Club turned a nightmare into a livable experience.”
With financial support from The 100 Club, Brandie has been able to move her family from a modest rental home to a mortgage-free home—large enough for her five active children. Because of the efforts of The 100 Club, Brandie is debt free and able to fully focus on the needs of her family. Additional support from The 100 Club has also funded educational accounts for each child to pursue a college degree when they are ready.
“They have purchased my children and me a home,” she added. “They made my family debt free. They provided for my family when my husband was gone and no longer able to provide for us.”
The 100 Club is proud to support the dependents of those who give their lives to protect ours. That’s why we’re here.
With the help of The 100 Club, Derek has graduated from Texas A&M University and Southern Methodist University's Dedman School of Law.
Derek's dad, a "solo" motorcycle officer assigned to the Houston Police Department's Accident Division, Officer Keith Dees was told to make a final check for disabled vehicles before heading home at the end of his shift on March 7, 2002.
Unknown to him, a vehicle had stalled in a moving lane of traffic ahead of him. With his vision obscured by a vehicle traveling in front of him, Dees was unable to stop his police motorcycle before colliding into the rear of the stalled car. He was rushed to the hospital, but doctors were unable to save his life. Dees was 30 minutes from home with plans to take his family on vacation the next day.
The 19-year veteran of the Houston Police Department left behind his wife, Deborah, and three children. Derek was the eldest of the three and only 12 years old at the time.
"Being 12 years old and you just lost your dad," says Derek. "It was a very confusing time. The 100 Club has changed the trajectory of my life 100%. I'd always seen the stickers and kind of known what it was about, but I never knew in a million years that it would impact me personally."
With financial support for his undergraduate and law school expenses from The 100 Club, and a lot of hard work on Derek's part, he graduated from Texas A&M University and Southern Methodist University's Dedman School of Law.
"I don't think everyone makes the connection that those donations do help an individual," states Derek. "So, if I can put a face to that and say I wouldn't have been able to go to law school without The 100 Club … they're just trying to make it as easy as possible for those who are affected by these tragedies to succeed later on in life."
The 100 Club is proud to do our part in helping to ensure the bright future of this remarkable young man. That's why we're here.
With the support of The 100 Club, Jacki can be there to support her husband in his recovery with no worry about the family’s bills.
The five-alarm fire at the Southeast Inn on May 31, 2013, was the deadliest in the Houston Fire Department’s history. Four firefighters were killed and 14 were severely injured while battling the blaze. When the heavy tile roof collapsed under the intense heat and flames, HFD Captain William “Bill” Dowling was trapped. Despite his injuries, Dowling managed to activate his mayday button, alerting other firefighters to his location and enabling his rescue.
Months later, the 13-year HFD veteran and father of three is still recuperating in the hospital. As a result of his injuries, both of his legs had to be amputated.
“With The 100 Club coming in and doing what they did,” says Jacki, “we have no worries right now. They have paid off our mortgage; they have paid off our cars. We have no bills. We have an apartment that is two miles from where Bill is because of The 100 Club. My only job is to take care of Bill and the kids.”
Through the financial support of The 100 Club, Bill and Jacki are debt free and able to fully focus on his recovery and rehabilitation.
“You can now know that your money has gone for a great cause,” said Jacki. “Every dime you put in goes to help someone. It has meant so much to us. If I could personally thank every person, I would.”
The 100 Club is proud to assist Jacki Dowling and her family during Bill’s recovery. That’s why we’re here.
Please give our thanks to all your members for the support you showed our family during our time of need. The timeliness you showed our family in bringing financial aid to Ellie was so heartwarming. The flowers sent were so beautiful as well. Your organization is outstanding and should always be in place. We have seen 100 Club stickers on cars for years but not until now did we fully understand its importance.
Gary and Joyce Groover
100 Club Life Members
(Gary Groover is a retired Houston Fire Department Captain and the father of Houston Firefighter Daniel Groover who was killed in the line of duty on July 9, 2014.)
We thank Congressman Ted Poe for being such a faithful advocate of The 100 Club. Recently, he joined Matt Patrick on his radio program to explain why he supports The 100 Club’s efforts.
"The 100 Club in Houston for what seems like forever has been the first responders to emergencies when our firefighters and our peace officers are injured or are killed in the line of duty," Poe said. "They have a plan to help the family immediately, they get involved. They’re kind of below the radar and they don’t want a lot of notoriety. They take care of the family."