The trooper’s commanding officer quickly realized the financial burden suddenly thrust upon the trooper’s family by his untimely death. The family didn’t even have enough money for a funeral.
The commander took it upon himself to travel across the Sunshine State to ask local police and emergency responders to form organizations or “clubs” that would have immediate funding for fallen law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty. Even though insurance money may become available as weeks and months pass, the real need is within the first twenty four hours following a death or serious accident.
Sheriff Rogers was very interested in the concept and asked Lt. Vanston and Auxiliary Deputy Salley to organize a committee to establish the need for having a “club” to raise money for law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Since that beginning, Sheriffs Hunter and Rambosk; as well as the Fire Chiefs and EMS Chiefs have outwardly supported the 100 Club of Collier County.
The Honorable Kathleen Passidomo
The Collier County pilot committee asked a handful of professionals and business leaders to join this newly formed “Collier County One Hundred Club” in 1984. Many of the original club members or “plank-owners” have passed but their insight, experience and enthusiasm left a solid platform for the Collier County One Hundred Club to grow in membership and become chartered in the State of Florida as a 501 (c) 3 tax exempt organization in 1994. The Honorable Kathleen Passidomo was the leader in the drive for a state charter and, later, in the significant growth of the 100 Club.