The Miami Police Department has been awarded nearly $6,000 to buy seven bullet proof vests.
Miami Town Manager Joe Heatherly made the announcement at the April 22 Town Council meeting.
On April 8, the 100 Club of Arizona announced that the police department is the recipient of its “Safety Enhancement Stipend Awards” for the first quarter of 2019, said Administrator Christine Duarte with the Miami Police Department.
The police were awarded $5,978.92 to buy seven bullet proof vests with carrier plates, she said.
The idea behind the 100 Club began in Detroit in 1952 following the fatal shooting of a young officer, according to the 100 Club of Arizona website.
Moved by the situation, William M. Packer, the nation’s largest Pontiac dealer at the time and a friend of the police commissioner, wrote 100 of his friends encouraging them to donate to a fund for the fallen officer.
The response rate was 100 percent.
Packer and the commissioner then met with the expectant widow, reviewed her finances and arranged to pay off the mortgage on their recently purchased home, pay all bills, set up an education account for the unborn child and deposited $7,000 in the widow’s checking account.
Then, in 1965, a young officer was killed in the line-of-duty in Phoenix.
Several acquaintances who knew about the Detroit 100 Club got together and started the Phoenix 100 Club, which became an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization three years later.
Today, the 100 Club of Arizona aims to provide any type of support that beneficiary families may need.
For more information on the 100 Club of Arizona, go to www.100club.org.