News Archives

Here are the news archives for The 100 Club of Southeast Texas. These stories are organized by date with the most recent stories toward the top.

May Awareness Buffalo Wild Wings Event

IMG_1675For past several years the month of May continues to be a special time for the 100 Club Board to not only make the citizens of Hardin, Jefferson and Orange Counties aware that the Club exists, but it is also a time to memorialize and pay tribute to the fallen officers of Southeast Texas who gave the ultimate sacrifice.  The month of May also gives way for individuals and companies to donate to the Club.

Regional Marketing Manager Angela Sawyer of Buffalo Wild Wings in Beaumont, announced her Company would donate the money raised through a “Guns & Hoses/Eat Wings, Raise Funds” event that was staged between the Beaumont Fire Fighters and the Beaumont Police Officer’s Association.  As a result of the great challenge and amazing competition, the restaurant donated 15 percent of the proceeds to the 100 Club of Southeast Texas.

Beaumont Police Department 2015 Annual Report

Chief-SingletaryWe are pleased to release our Departmental 2015 Annual Report. You can review the report here: BPD 2015 Annual Report This report is offered to Beaumont City Council, residents and visitors of Beaumont as a window into the Department's operations and as a testament of our commitment to serve and protect. Within this report you will see how we invest in our relationships with the community, with other law enforcement agencies and with our own officers in ways that enable us to provide quality, progressive law enforcement services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year round.

I am proud of the brave, hard-working men and women of the Beaumont Police Department and believe that this report reflects that pride. Please contact me if you have questions about the report or would like any supplemental information.


James P. Singletary
Chief of Police

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What is Peace of Mind To A First Responder?

Michael L Wirfs - Beaumont Police Department - Beaumont TexasAs a patrol officer for the Beaumont Police Department, I’m aware of the daily dangers that I face every time I put on the uniform and leave for work.  On November 29th, 2015, I became a victim of those dangers.  On that day, I was dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the west end of Beaumont at 4:41 p.m. which resulted in me being shot in the back by the actor in the disturbance.  Thankfully, the ballistic vest I was wearing at the time stopped the bullet and saved my life.  At the time of the incident, my wife, Ashley Wirfs, was 9 months pregnant with our first child which we had been trying for 8 years to have.  After the incident and while I was off recovering, we were invited to attend the annual 100 club Banquet held in Beaumont.  I knew what the organization did for first responders killed in the line of duty, but my wife had no idea.  As hard as it is for someone to think about dying at work, it is a reality that all first responders and their families must accept and live with.  But knowing that if it ever happens, the 100 Club of Southeast Texas will be there to make sure my wife and child are taken care of and that’s a peace of mind that’s helps us all.  I encourage all members to please reach out to their family and friends to help raise awareness for such an important organization.  On behalf of myself, my wife Ashley, our baby boy Maddox and first responders everywhere, Thank you very much for your continued support and God Bless.

Michael L. Wirfs
Beaumont P.D.

Orange Mayor Jimmy Sims Proclaims The Month of May As The 100 Club Awareness Month

Orange Mayor Jimmy Sims Proclaims The Month of May As The 100 Club Awareness | May 16, 2016 -- Mayor Jimmy Sims has proclaimed the month of May as the 100 Club of Southeast Texas Awareness Month in the City of Orange on Tuesday, May 10.  The proclamation was presented to Warren Claybar, who serves as president for the 100 Club. The 100 Club of Southeast Texas established May Awareness Month to inform and educate the public of the benefits and goals the club has established to help provide assistance to the spouses and dependent children of first responders in Jefferson, Hardin, and Orange counties when tragedy strikes.

The 100 Club is an organization of private citizens and businesses that provide financial and moral support to law enforcement officers and firefighters. The club’s primary focus is to aid the dependent spouses and children in the event that a police officer or firefighter is disabled or loses their life in the line of duty. In addition to financial and moral support, a special ceremony is held where an impressive bronze plaque is hung to honor the victim at the department that they served.

You can support law enforcement and firefighters with your 100 Club Membership. The 100 Club of Southeast Texas is a 501 (c)(3) charity and all contributions are tax deductible.

For additional information, please call 409.893.5444 or visit their website at

Retired Jasper Sheriff Billy Rowles Speaks at 2015 100 Club Recognition Dinner

Sheriff Billy RowlesThe 2015 100 Club Recognition Dinner was honored to have as its Guest Speaker, Retired Jasper Sheriff Billy Rowles.  Billy Rowles was elected Jasper County Sheriff in 1996 and he took office in January 1997.  One year and five months after being sworn in, the James Byrd Jr. dragging death occurred in his county.  Rowles was instrumental in leading the investigation as well as uniting his community as national attention focused on the Southeast Texas town.  Sheriff Rowles shared his early experiences in Law Enforcement and inspired those in attendance with his words of encouragement and support for the First Responders who are in the business of helping people and daily do their job by giving of themselves.

Spotlight on Board Member Karl F. Duerr, Jr.

002A lot is happening with the ongoing activities of the 100 Club of Southeast Texas in preparation for the Club’s May Awareness Month.  Coordinating Proclamation presentations for the month of May, preparing to host a “kick-off” Luncheon for all the Chief’s to assure they are knowledgeable of the Club’s fundraising efforts that directly affect the lives of the first responder families who pay the ultimate sacrifice, while at the same time being mindful and always on alert to increase the Club’s membership.   And Board member Karl Duerr, exemplifies always being on alert to increase memberships.  Daily Karl goes beyond the call of duty always using his incredible skills and talent – attracting new members and major donors.  Karl became a Club Board member in 2015 and it’s people like Karl who give of themselves so unselfishly but more importantly Karl has produced tremendous results.  Karl said, “Well I just have a great passion for the 100 Club of Southeast Texas, and for that, I’ve probably brought in more than 50 new memberships and I’m proud also of the Lifetime membership that I brought in”.  We sometimes take for granted all the many honorable acts of kindness that Karl does as a volunteer Board member, but now is a wonderful time to pay tribute to Karl and to say “Thank You Karl”, and we’re proud to have you on our team.

Message From President Claybar

100 Club of Southeast Texas President Warren ClaybarAs we embark upon our 100 Club of Southeast Texas May Awareness Month, I personally want to take a moment to thank the members of our region’s law enforcement.  Everyone deserves thanks for the work they do.  All our Texas Peace Officers, including Police Officers, Firefighters and First Responders, whose job it is to maintain order and to protect our health and safety.  These brave men and women put their lives on the line every day, and we honor the lives of those peace officers who have died in the line of duty.   Of course, it is also important to thank all our Club members and supporters who have contributed monetarily to the Club for over 20 years. All the support and charitable gifts allow the Club to maintain its purpose to provide a measure of comfort and direct financial assistance to the surviving spouse and dependent children of a fallen first responder.  A key element of my vision as the Club President is to grow the membership of the 100 Club of Southeast Texas, but then again it is important to say thank you, and to say how grateful we are for the work our First Responders do day in and day out.

May Awareness Beaumont Police Department Memorial

100 Club Newesletter BPD MemorialSpecial recognition to law enforcement officers was given in May through Proclamations from the City of Beaumont; the City of Lumberton; and, the City of Orange.  In addition, during National Police Week, the Beaumont Police Department was host to its 2016 Southeast Texas Memorial Ceremony held on the steps of the BPD.  The solemn occasion was a time for the Department to remember their fallen officers and families, and featured the Honorable Malcolm Bales, U. S. Attorney of the Eastern District of Texas as the guest speaker.


2016 Southeast Texas Police Memorial Ceremony

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Orange Rotary Club, First Financial Bank donate to 100 Club

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The 100 Club of Southeast Texas held its annual lunch meeting Thursday, Nov. 12, to close out the 2015 organizational year at the Orange Central Fire Station in Orange, where the Rotary Club of Orange, with all of its 88 members newly registered in support of The 100 Club, presented a check for $10,000, making the Rotary a Silver level Corporate Lifetime Member. Read more at the by the Examiner Staff