• H.E.R.O. helps

    The Houston Employee Relief Organization (HERO) provides financial and emotional support for survivors of city of Houston employees killed while serving Houston. After a municipal employee is killed on duty, HERO provides: • An immediate check to the surviving family to help it through its time of need •Counsel to the family for navigating through the city of Houston insurance and benefits program • Financial assistance to eligible dependents after review and approval of the HERO benefits committee recommendations • Funds for continuing education of dependent children, in some cases Read More
  • Lisa's story

    In her hours of greatest devastation, Lisa Norwood met some new best friends who helped her get through the toughest period of her life. They knocked on her door three days after a car struck and killed her husband, Public Works & Engineering employee Harold Norwood, while he was cleaning debris from Sabo Street near Almeda Mall. These strangers at her door were members of the Houston Employee Relief Organization, a nonprofit that financially, physically and emotionally helps survivors of Houston municipal employees killed on the job. Read More
  • Lue's story

    One morning, Lue Williams’ husband left for work. He never came home. Lue had to deal with the tragedy of losing her loving husband and the stress of finding the funds to pay for his burial. Then, a check for $5,000 arrived at her front door along with the comforting arms of three HERO representatives, money that helped pay for his expenses. And HERO wasn’t done helping the widow. Read More
  • Donate to H.E.R.O.

    Because HERO is an independent organization supported entirely by donations, we need your financial help. Contributions to HERO, a 501(c)(3) charity, are tax-deductable. Your donation helps us provide financial support to the spouses and children left behind when a municipal employee is killed while serving the citizens of Houston.To donate, simply click on the “Donate” button below. Read More
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  • About H.E.R.O.

    Former Houston Mayor Bill White started HERO in 2007 because he had a keen understanding of how hard municipal employees work and how in times of trouble, they make sacrifices to serve residents. So White set up a nonprofit to allow residents to reciprocate the gesture.
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  • Who we help

    More than 20 Houston municipal employees have died in the line of duty in the past two decades. Their modest pay can make a public servants’ untimely death especially difficult for their families financially.
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  • Here to serve you

    City employees don’t work for a corporation. They work for you and your neighbors, providing services for the business world and your home.
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  • What you'll get

    A letter thanking you for your generous donation, a tax deduction, and the sincere gratitude of city employees and the HERO board of directors.
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Board of Directors

  • Edward Boswell +

    Chairman Read More
  • David Miller +

    Secretary Read More
  • Bob Lawrence +

    Community Representative Read More
  • Omar Reid +

    Vice-chair Omar C. Reid is the Human Resources Director for the City of Houston and is responsible for all the Read More
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Donating to H.E.R.O

Eighteen municipal employees have been killed over the past 20 years while doing their job – providing and maintaining the services that Houston citizens rely on for their business and daily lives.

Their modest pay can make a public servants’ untimely death especially difficult for their families financially. Your tax-deductible donation will help HERO provide financial support to the spouse and children left behind when an on-the-job tragedy claims the life of a dedicated city employee.

Donating to this cause is simple. You can simply click on the button below, or you can mail a check, payable to HERO.

Mail checks to:

Houston Metropolitan Employees Federal Credit Union
608 E. Tidwell Rd
Houston, TX 77022

Municipal employees killed in the line of duty since 1980

James Peschon

Roy C. Pickett

Belarmino A. Rubio

Sanford Stevens

Joseph Taylor

Richard R. Tovar

Earline Venzant

Frederick Ward

Ederell White

Charles Alaniz

Timothy Burroughs

Emmett B. Clark


Josephina Gomez

Jose S. Guzman

Jerry Hines

James E. Marks

Donald McGrew

Harold Norwood