August 9, 2013
Representatives of the 12 families who lost first responders in the April 17 West Fertilizer explosion will gather Tuesday to receive more than $73,000 in donations raised by the McLennan 100 Club law enforcement support organization.
The presentation ceremony will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the West Volunteer Fire Department next to West City Hall at 110 S. Reagan. West Mayor Tommy Muska and representatives of the McLennan 100 Club board will also attend.
The McLennan 100 Club is a citizen-based, nonprofit organization that raises funds to help pay funerals and other immediate expenses for families of McLennan County law enforcement officers who die in the line of duty. After the West explosion, the club began accepting donations specifically for the West first responder families, including donations channeled through the Austin-based100 Club of Central Texas. All West-designated money raised is being divided equally among the 12 first responder families.
The McLennan 100 Club, established in 2012, offers several membership levels to allow residents and businesses to show their support of the law enforcement community. Memberships are tax deductible and include striking window decals. In addition to the West donations, more than $60,000 in cash and pledges has been raised by the local club since it began accepting memberships in December.