by: Scott McCaulley
They Taney County 100 Club, an organization that provides financial support to the surviving spouse and family of First Responders who loses their live or is seriously injured in the line of duty, is being honored by a Ribbon Cutting Wednesday.
The Branson Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce will hold the ceremony at their facility on Gretna Road at 10:00 am.
The club uses donations to build up a fund that can help anyone in the 15 entities it represents in the county with emergency expenses.
For more information on the Taney County 100 Club, see the release below:
It was in the middle of the night in August of 2013 when Firefighter Cory Roebuck clang to a tree in the middle of a flash flood. “All I could think about was who was going to tell my wife I died and who was going to raise my kids”. Firefighter Roebuck was attempting to rescue a family trapped on top of their home in the middle of Turkey Creek when the inflatable rescue boat he was on hit a submerged object and flipped.
“I believe God uses all things and He used that experience to give me a heart and a passion for ensuring the families of emergency responders killed in the line of duty are taken care of”, said Roebuck. Last year in the United States a total of 454 firefighters, police officers and emergency medical professionals gave their life in the service of their community. Motivated by his experience, Roebuck created the Taney County 100 Club, a non-profit organization that exists to help the surviving families of Taney County firefighters, law enforcement officers and paramedics killed or seriously injured in the line of duty.
The goal of the Taney County 100 Club is to provide financial support the surviving spouse of an emergency service worker within 24 hours of the incident. “While money can never make up for the loss or disability of a loved one, it can be helpful in covering immediate expenses and ensure families do not have to undergo any more stress”
The Taney County 100 Club covers a total of 15 entities within Taney County with approximately 500 full-time, part-time and volunteer emergency response workers. Members donate $100 annually and receive a window decal showing their support for public safety.
To learn more about the Taney County 100 Club or to make a donation, visit http://www.taneycounty100club.com.