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.
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HERO board members receive NO money for their time and efforts.