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Petitioning Executive Director, The 100 Club Houston Texas Rick Hartley

Provide financial assistance to the families of HFD's fallen firefighters.

The deadly fire that took the lives of four Houston firefighters on May 31, 2013, will never be forgotten. The tragedy touched an immeasurable amount of citizens, not only in Houston, but across Texas, our entire United States, and even countries all over the world. Many of these individuals were inspired to donate to the families of our fallen heroes and were directed by multiple sources to donate directly to The 100 Club. These donations were not contingent on the firefighter's marital status nor if they had children. People donated because they wanted to assist the heroes’ families- whoever they may be. Since the horrific fire, The 100 Club of Houston Texas has received more donations than any other tragedy in the history of their organization. Now, The 100 Club is stating that because these firefighters did not have a spouse or children, their families will not be assisted financially beyond $20,000 for burial expenses. However, after the funeral costs were donated by Dignity Memorial, the $20,000 promised by The 100 Club, has since been denied to the families. The 100 Club accepted these monetary donations that were intended for the hero's families, knowing that they would never benefit from them.

Letter to
Executive Director, The 100 Club Houston Texas Rick Hartley
The deadly fire that took the lives of four Houston firefighters on
May 31, 2013, will never be forgotten. The tragedy touched an
immeasurable amount of citizens, not only in Houston, but across
Texas, our entire United States, and even countries all over the
world. Many of these individuals were inspired to donate to the
families of our fallen heroes and were directed by multiple sources to
donate directly to The 100 Club. These donations were not contingent
on the firefighter's marital status nor if they had children. People
donated because they wanted to assist the heroes’ families- whoever
they may be. Since the horrific fire, The 100 Club of Houston Texas
has received more donations than any other tragedy in the history of
their organization. Now, The 100 Club is stating that because these
firefighters did not have a spouse or children, their families will
not be assisted financially beyond $20,000 for burial expenses.
However, after the funeral costs were donated by Dignity Memorial, the
$20,000 promised by The 100 Club, has since been denied to the
families. The 100 Club accepted these monetary donations that were
intended for the hero's families, knowing that they would never
benefit from them.

The 100 Club needs to know that we, Houston Firefighter Wives, a group
that welcomes membership to anyone who loves an HFD firefighter, are
outraged. We ask that The 100 Club acknowledge our concerns and
explain why they accepted donations that were intended for our hero’s
families, if they were not going to distribute these funds
appropriately. The 100 Club’s policy on their website states,
“Financial assistance is not provided in line of duty deaths where
there are no surviving dependents,” which is their right as an
organization. But so we ask, if that is The 100 Club’s policy, then
why did they accept donations that were explicitly intended for
families of the fallen firefighters? By allowing, and often
encouraging, people to donate to their organization after the fire,
The 100 Club has lied by omission. They have accepted donations under
false pretenses. They have exploited the deaths of our beloved heroes
for their own financial gain.

It is time for The 100 Club to make this right. Being that they took
advantage of the tragedy, we are firmly requesting that The 100 Club
extend the benefits, which would have been given to their dependents,
in full to the surviving families. If the 100 Club will not agree to
this request, we demand that The 100 Club promptly refund those who
made charitable donations believing that their contribution would
directly benefit our heroes’ families.