KILGORE, Texas – A new organization has been created to help families of deceased officers who are dying or injured in the line of duty.

On Thursday, police chiefs and sheriffs from eastern Texas introduced the "100 Club of East Texas" at a press conference at the Kilgore Police Department.

100 Club of East Texas supports families of fallen officers

The 100 Club of East Texas, created by a regional group of municipal and corporate leaders, is a non-profit foundation 501 © (3).

This organization will provide law enforcement support in 20 counties in East Texas:

  • Anderson
  • Camp
  • Cass
  • cherokee
  • Delta
  • Franklin
  • Gregg
  • Harrison
  • Henderson
  • Hopkins
  • Marion
  • Morris
  • Panola
  • Rains
  • Red River
  • rusk
  • Black-smith
  • Titus
  • Upshur
  • Wood

As it develops, the foundation will provide financial assistance for training and material not budgeted by the governing bodies.

More police officers – 144 – have died in the line of duty in the United States in 2018 compared to 2017, reversing a one-year decline, according to a preliminary report released by the National Officers Memorial Fund. of the law.

Texas was one of four states to have the highest number of deaths among officers with 11 officers killed.

Marshall Police Chief Cliff Carruth said, "The chiefs and sheriffs of eastern Texas are promoting the 100 Club of East Texas, which will directly benefit the officers of families killed or seriously injured in the United States. Their duties in the counties of Marshall and Harrison, in Texas and the surrounding counties. We ask you to visit the website and consider supporting your local law enforcement officers. "

For more information on the 100 Club of East Texas or how to donate, please visit https://www.easttexas100club.org/.