Peace Officer Memorial in Waco


Push for the McLennan 100 Club

POSTED: Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 5:50pm
UPDATED: Friday, May 17, 2013 - 11:55am

Next Monday is Memorial Day but this week is Memorial Week in Waco. Today, the city and McLennan County honored police officers killed in the line of duty while promoting a program to help future families who deal with the same grief.

On Thursday, hundreds gathered to pay tribute to those who protect McLennan County, but more importantly, to honor those who died doing so.

Friends and family of those heroes were attendance.

Marsha Cottle lost her husband Richard twelve years ago. She said the first few months were tough.

“The disbelief lasts for so long and then when the reality starts setting in, you realize you’ve lost a major income for the family,” said Cottle.

Money should be the last thing a mourning widow has to worry about. But for those first few months, finances can be a major hardship.

“I didn’t make nearly as much as Richard did. And there was still the bills, the house, the insurance, plus our four kids,” said Cottle.

During the ceremony, the newly-formed McLennan County 100 Club spoke about the program, which gives monetary assistance to families like Marsha’s, who back then had to rely on similar programs.

“Without their help, you’d be incurring so many debts and so many expenses that you just wouldn’t think of," said Cottle. “I urge everyone to donate if they can.”


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