The 100 Club: Protecting those who serve and protect
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Who protects those who serve and protect? In many cases, when police, fire and other first responders need help, The 100 Club steps up. Immediately.
Deputy Chief Sharon Allen serves the Tucson Police Department and the 100 Club. She knows what it's like when a family is struggling to fill in the holes inevitably left with lapses in benefits.
"We're the first group on scene to provide financial assistance," said Allen.
The 100 Club of Arizona gained more recognition after the Yarnell Hill Fire. The non-profit's volunteers were the first to hand checks to the victims' families.
While the group has donated tens of thousands of dollars to those families, it is also helping public servants right in our backyard.
Tucson Police Officer Nikolas McCarthy was injured in the line of duty. When the 100 club handed him a check to cover medical and related expenses, he told us he was surprised. "Honestly, I don't have words for it, they helped so much."
Ed Nied, who works for Tucson Fire, needed a rare, but sight saving surgery and the group helped pay for that.
"I was going to have to take money from my daughter's college fund and that's not an easy thing to do, but that's where the money was going to have to come from," said Nied.
Both Nied and McCarthy say they sincerely appreciate the money the community donates to the group and are grateful for their support.