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.

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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.

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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