Landmark Bank donated $10,000 to support Texas law enforcement and firefighters affected by Hurricane Harvey on Friday. The funds will be divided between the State Firefighter Association, State Fire Marshal Association and the Assist the Officer Foundation of Houston.
The gift was presented in order to address the immediate needs of Texas first responders and Regional President for Landmark Bank Randy Hensarling explained in a press release that the first responders deserve gratitude for their heroism.
“Police officers and firefighters across the state have carried out lifesaving duties despite facing immense personal devastation in the wake of Hurricane Harvey,” Hensarling said. “This is a small token of gratitude for helping Texans come back from this disaster.”
Sherman Police Chief Zachary Flores and Sherman Fire-Rescue Division Chief Tom Brown accepted the donation locally. As funds are distributed, firefighters and volunteer fire departments will receive assistance for Harvey rescue operations and clean up.
Money for Assist the Officer will aid Houston law enforcement who experienced flooding. Assist the Officer board member Tim Butler said some officers haven’t returned home yet to assess the damage to their own residences.
“Having to be away from their families during this crisis to perform their duties can be brutal on these first responders,” Butler said in a press release on the donation. “Some of these officers haven’t even been back to their homes yet, and will return to total devastation.”
The storm made landfall at the end of August causing severe flooding and devastation. More than 80 people died and thousands were displaced. Hurricane Harvey is expected to be the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, amounting to around $190 billion in recovery costs according to AccuWeather.
Five hundred Houston law enforcement officers are estimated to have been personally impacted by Harvey. First responders face shortages of funding and supplies and 77 percent of Texas fire service consists of volunteers who responded for no pay.
“These emergency responders are there to serve others, to respond in the time of need and to play a crucial role in the response and aftermath of a disaster,” Fire Marshal Association Executive Director Chris Barron said in the press release.