The 100 Club of Central Texas has activated the Critically Injured Fund in response to a line-of-duty injury related to the shooting of a Cedar Park Police Officer.
Two other Cedar Park Police Officers were also shot but have been released from the hospital.
A hostage situation ended peacefully Monday morning when a man and his mother exited a home near Austin, Texas, where a day earlier three police officers had been shot and wounded.
This incident comes during a year that has seen a high number of injuries to first responders and is a stark reminder of the dangers they face.
In March, San Marcos Police Officer Paul Beller was struck by a vehicle on I-35 while clearing debris from the roadway.
He suffered serious brain and bodily injury and remains in a rehabilitation center.
In April, three San Marcos Police Officers were ambushed while responding to a 911 call for a domestic disturbance. Officer Justin Putnam (End of Watch: April 18, 2020) was killed and Officers Justin Mueller and Franco Stewart suffered serious injuries.
Also, this spring, The Club responded to the line of duty deaths of Travis County Sheriff’s Office Senior Deputy Christopher Korzilius (End of Watch: March 18, 2020) and Bell County Sheriff’s Deputy John Rhoden (End of Watch: April 26, 2020).
The 100 Club of Central Texas is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing immediate financial support to the families of first responders who have been killed or critically injured in the line of duty.
They currently serve more than 20,000 emergency medical technicians, firefighters, and law enforcement officers throughout the Central Texas counties of Bastrop, Bell, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson.
In the case of a Line of Duty Injury, the Critically Injured Fund is activated within 48 hours.
"With the help of The 100 Club and your support, our first responders can focus on healing and family," the 100 Club statement said. "Your support is essential in helping The Club stand ready for those who stand ready for you."
Donations and messages of support can be sent to The Club’s office, located at 3200 Steck Avenue, Suite 240, Austin, Texas 78757.
You can also donate online at www.100clubcentex.comor by phone at 512-345-3200.