Several hundred supporters attended the annual Hill Country 100 Club meeting and banquet at the Pavilion in Marble Falls on January 17. The event is held in honor of all of our first responders. The Hill Country 100 Club is a citizen based non-profit organization formed to support our local firefighters, law enforcement officers and emergency medical service first responders in the Blanco, Burnet, and Lampasas and Llano counties. Part of the funds raised by memberships is used to aid personnel injured in the line of duty or, when applicable, to aid the families of fallen first responders. Six scholarships were awarded in 2012, and those awarded in Blanco County were named in honor of recently deceased Sheriff Bill Elsbury, Blanco County. The 7th Annual HC 100 Club Golf Tournament will be held in the fall of 2013. For information on HC 100 Club membership and related events, go to hillcountry100club.org.
Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst presented plaques for outstanding service to honorees from the following counties: Blanco, Burnet, Lampasas and Llano. Ryan Guthrie received the award for Firefighter of the Year, HSB Fire Department. Capt. Richard Baum received the award for Officer of the Year, HSB Police Department. Captain Baum is retiring from the HSB Police Department after nearly 40 years of law enforcement service in HSB and New Mexico.