FLINT TWP. — The Flint Township Fire Department was pleased to receive a $1,500 grant from The Hundred Club of Genesee, Shiawassee and Lapeer Counties during its Hero’s Night last month.
The welcome money will be used to purchase new fire gloves, said Assistant Fire Chief Mike Burkley.“ We go through them fast,” Burkley said of the protective hand gear. “They get lost or damaged at fires and accidents. They take the most abuse of all the equipment we use.”
The grant was the fourth the department has received from The Hundred Club, Burkley said.
The 100 Club is a 65-year-old organization started in Detroit in 1950 and brought to Flint in October 1975 by the General Manager at Buick, according to a club history posted on its website. Flint was the 53rd club to organize and is part of a network of more than 100 active clubs nationwide that go by different names but serve the same purpose of providing support for the families of deceased heroes including police officers, firefighters and other first responders.
Within 24 hours of the death of a law enforcement officer or firefighter in the line of duty, a representative of The 100 Club delivers a check for $3,000 to the surviving family to ease their immediate financial burdens.
They maintain contact with the family and over time provide support that has included help paying mortgages or college tuition, grief counseling and providing a $500 U.S. Savings Bond every Christmas to children under age 18.
The 100 Club expanded its mission to be able to provide grants for first aid and emergency equipment, bulletproof vests, hand radios, personal alert systems for firefighting and other safety equipment.
To date, the 100 Club has awarded about $1.4 million to police and fire departments in Genesee, Shiawassee and Lapeer Counties for safety-related equipment and to assist the families of fallen officers and firefighters.