HERO was created in November 2007 with $10,000 former Mayor Bill White raised at the city’s 171st birthday bash. White has a keen understanding of how hard municipal city employees work, and how they make sacrifices to serve residents during hurricanes, floods and other catastrophes.
So he wanted to do something more for those employees who risk their lives every day.
“City employees are all about service to our fellow citizens,” White said. “In that spirit, we created HERO. It’s about family helping family in a time of need.”
HERO is patterned after the long-established 100 Club, whose funding assistance is limited to survivors of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty. HERO assists Houston's municipal employees only.
Within the first month, the organization was put to good use.
On Dec. 14, 2007, Harold Norwood, 44 and a seven-year veteran of the Public Works & Engineering Department, was struck and killed by a car while cleaning debris from Sabo Street near Almeda Mall. Three days later, members of the HERO board of directors showed up at her door, offering their shoulders to cry on and steady guidance navigating bureaucratic waters during that traumatic time.
But they wanted to do more. For more, read Lisa’s story.
HERO has also helped the family of Charles Williams Sr., an 18-year Public Works & Engineering employee who died when his truck accidently rolled over him as he cleared a storm sewer. Read his widow’s story.
To help us help the families of these dedicated city servants, donate through the button below.
HERO board members receive NO money for their time and efforts.
Eighteen municipal employees have been killed over the past 20 years while doing their job – providing and maintaining the services that Houston citizens rely on for their business and daily lives.
Their modest pay can make a public servants’ untimely death especially difficult for their families financially. Your tax-deductible donation will help HERO provide financial support to the spouse and children left behind when an on-the-job tragedy claims the life of a dedicated city employee.
Donating to this cause is simple. You can simply click on the button below, or you can mail a check, payable to HERO.
Mail checks to:
Houston Metropolitan Employees Federal Credit Union
608 E. Tidwell Rd
Houston, TX 77022
Roy C. Pickett
Belarmino A. Rubio
Richard R. Tovar
Emmett B. Clark
Jose S. Guzman
James E. Marks