GLEN ROSE – Amid rains, floods, rescue calls, and the Somervell County first responders’ regular fifth Tuesday, the Chisholm Trail 100 Club formally announced that Somervell County first responders are now covered under the Chisholm Trail 100 insurance program.
The Chisholm Trail 100 program provides immediate funds to the families of first responders who are disabled or die in the line of duty.
Somervell County Judge Danny L. Chambers, Somervell County Commissioner John Curtis, Glen Rose Mayor Sam Moody, Glen Rose City Councilman Dr. Mike Jones, and Somervell County Sheriff’s Deputy Alan West, as well as over 50 family and friends, were in attendance and treated with chicken BBQ by the SCFD.
According to CT 100 President Keith Kelly, the local club was founded in 2010 by a group of local citizens and business owners. Kelly also explained that the concept of a 100 Club began in 1952, when a Detroit car salesman wanted to provide for a fallen police officer’s family after his death. Since then, many independent 100 Clubs have started nationwide – one of the largest being the Houston, Texas 100 Club.
The program is independent of any benefits offered by the county and is a private insurance program set up by one-time donations from local business leaders. A number of private donors along with Luminant, Glen Rose Veterinary and Hammonds BBQ donated to the club to provide the funds necessary to put the Somervell first responders under the CT 100 coverage.
“Every first responder in Somervell County is covered under this program and no fees are required of the first responder in order to participate,” said Niki Passmore, executive director of the Chisholm Trail 100. “The CT100 Club mainly supports itself by membership dues, with memberships ranging from $50 for First Responders, $100 for Individuals and $1,000 for Lifetime Memberships”.
Kelly added that the Chisholm Trail 100 Club was founded in Johnson County in 2010 and at the beginning of this year the board voted to expand to Somervell County where $10,000 was raised.
For further information on CT100, visit www.ct100.org, or contact Darrell Best at 214-517-7789 who is the community liaison for CT100.