Kilgore Police Department will host a press conference Thursday, Jan. 10, at 1 p.m. to allow police chiefs and sheriffs from 20 East Texas counties to publicly voice their support for the 100 Club of East Texas, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization supporting the families and children of officers killed or injured in the line of duty. The conference will be held at the department facility at 909 N. Kilgore St.
A press release from the 100 Club of East Texas states more support for is needed for the families of officers killed or injured in the line of duty. It also states Texas was one of four states in the nation with the highest number of officer deaths in 2018.
According to the club's website, the original 100 Club was founded in Houston in 1953 by five men who saw a need to support the families of officers killed in the course of their duties. The East Texas chapter was founded in 2017 by Wayne Isbell, Chief of Mount Pleasant Police Department, and members of the East Texas Police Chiefs Association.
The East Texas 100 Club supports officers and their families in the following counties: Anderson, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Delta, Franklin, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Marion, Morris, Panola, Rains, Red River, Rusk, Smith, Titus, Upshur and Wood.
Club finances are also be used for training and equipment to support officer safety.