7/1/2013 10:32:00 AM 100 Club of Arizona supports families of firefighters lost in Yarnell Fire Each family to be presented with $15,000 line of duty assistance check
PHOENIX - Tragedy struck the State of Arizona, and the nation, on Sunday evening when it was announced that 19 firefighters perished while fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire. The firefighters, members of the Prescott Fire Department's Granite Mountain Hotshot crew, were caught while battling a blaze that changed directions and left the firefighters with no way out.
Beginning on Monday and into the week, the 100 Club of Arizona, dedicated to standing behind the men and women who stand behind the badge, will provide each of the 19 families with the standard $15,000 line of duty death benefit, totaling $285,000.
"There are no words to describe this unimaginable tragedy," Executive Director Sharon Knutson-Felix said. "The Prescott community will rally together to support these families with love and encouragement, as will the 100 Club of Arizona and its members."
The 100 Club of Arizona's standard assistance after a line of duty death is $15,000, and there is a non-line of duty death aid of $5,000. The organization also provides line of duty injury assistance, safety enhancement stipends, and scholarships.
Knutson-Felix is all too familiar with the support that the 100 Club provides. She lost her husband, DPS Officer Doug Knutson in 1998 when he was struck and killed by a vehicle in the gore point of the Loop 202 freeway. The 100 Club was among the first organizations to come to her door with a check with no questions asked and no expectation.
"No loss is the same, and we cannot imagine what these families are going through, but we are proud to be able to offer financial and emotional support during this time of need," Knutson-Felix said.
Donations may be made to the 100 Club Survivors Fund in memory of Granite Mountain Hotshots online at www.100club.org or at 602-485-0100.
The 100 Club of Arizona is a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to public safety officers and firefighters when they are seriously injured or killed in the line of duty, and provides resources to enhance their safety and welfare. It was started in 1965.