The top law enforcement and emergency medical services personnel were recognized during the 15th annual Hill Country 100 Club Awards Banquet on Jan. 18 at the YMCA of the Highland Lakes at Galloway-Hammond Recreation in Burnet. Pictured are Marble Falls Fire Rescue Firefighter of the Year Randall Rankin and Marble Falls Police Officer of the Year Steve Eckstein. The Hill Country 100 Club honors local law enforcement, fire departments, and EMS services through events such as the banquet as well as supports their families if a first responder dies in the line of duty. Staff photos by Connie Swinney
Hill Country 100 Club banquet
About 700 people attended the Hill Country 100 Club banquet Jan. 18, which changed its location from Marble Falls’s Lakeside Pavilion to the YMCA of the Highland Lakes at Galloway-Hammond in Burnet to make more room for the recognized agencies and growth in supporters.
Burnet County deputies
Community leaders, agency staff, and elected officials attended the Hill Country 100 Club’s awards banquet to show support for the honorees. Pictured are Burnet County Sheriff’s Office Deputy of the Year Sgt. Brian Richey (left), Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd, and BCSO Capt. Chris Jett.
The 2018 Hill Country 100 Club awards banquet Jan. 18 served up a barbecue dinner as well as recognition of agencies in Blanco, Burnet, Lampasas, and Llano counties. Pictured are Burnet Police Officer of the Year Myron Hall (left) and Burnet Police Chief Paul Nelson.
Kingsland Volunteer Fire Department
Volunteer agencies also nominated their top members for the 2018 Hill Country 100 Club awards banquet in Burnet. Pictured are firefighters Robert Barnett (left), 2nd Assistant Chief Michael ‘Q-Ball’ Aponte, Chief Darryl Miller, and Assistant Chief and Kingsland VFD Firefighter of the Year Joey Whittenburg.
Horseshoe Bay firefighters
The Horseshoe Bay Fire Rescue Agency honored three personnel known as ‘The Harvey Team’ on Jan. 18 at the Hill Country 100 Club banquet for work they did during the recent hurricane relief effort. Pictured are Horseshoe Bay Fire Rescue Chief Joe Morris (left) and Firefighters of the Year Capt. Josh Wimberley, Ben Miller, and Jacob Esquivel.
Lampasas County officials were also recognized by the Hill Country 100 Club, which offers support for families of first responders killed or injured in the line of duty. Pictured are Lampasas City Manager Findly deGraffenreid, Lampasas Police Officer of the Year Sgt. Tim Ryan, and Lampasas Police Chief Sammy Bailey.
The keynote speaker for the 2018 Hill Country 100 Club awards banquet was Horseshoe Bay resident, football legend, and retired Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach (center).
State and county officials
State and county officials participated in the 2018 event honoring law enforcement and EMS personnel Jan. 18 in Burnet. Pictured are Marble Falls Police Chief Mark Whitacre (left), Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd, Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Executive Director Kim Vickers, and Burnet County Judge James Oakley.
Representatives from the judicial system and the Texas Department of Public Safety attended the 15th annual Hill Country 100 Club awards banquet Jan. 18 at the YMCA of the Highland Lakes at Galloway-Hammond. Pictured are retired Cottonwood Shores Police Chief Harold Piatt (left), Texas Ranger of the Year Jason Bobo, Llano County Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace BeBe Piatt, 33rd/424th District Attorney’s Office Investigator Jack Schumacher, and DPS Trooper Cliff Federwisch.
STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY
BURNET — From moving to a larger venue to inviting a football legend for the keynote speech, the 15th annual Hill Country 100 Club awards banquet has cultivated community support while recognizing the top law enforcement and emergency personnel for their selfless work for the past year.
The event, which attracted about 700 attendees, was held Jan. 18 at the YMCA of the Highland Lakes at Galloway-Hammond in Burnet.
More than 60 staff from dozens of agencies in Blanco, Burnet, Lampasas, and Llano counties received recognition, listened to presenters, including legendary Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach, and dined on a barbecue meal as a demonstration of appreciation for their efforts.
“To me, they’re true heroes,” said Vicki Morris, regarding the first responders. Morris served as an event coordinator and is a Hill Country 100 Club director. “I would like for them to have a sense that we have their backs, that we love them and care for them, and what they do for us is reciprocated.”
The Hill Country 100 Club was founded in 2001 as a 501c-3 nonprofit organization for the purpose of providing financial support to families of first responders killed or injured in the line of duty. The organization serves Lampasas, Blanco, Llano, and Burnet counties.
Hill Country 100 Club leaders invited Staubach, who has a home with his wife, Marianne, in Horseshoe Bay, to say a few words to inspire not only the first responders but the community as a whole.
“I wanted to stress the importance of teamwork, whether it is a football team or the kind of team made up of first responders here tonight,” Staubach said. “You can have a group of talented individuals, but a team working together can accomplish great things.”
The nonprofit organization moved the from Lakeside Pavilion in Marble Falls to the recreation center in Burnet to accommodate hundreds more attendees.
“It shows more interest and more appreciation,” Morris said about the attendance. “We want to recognize the support personnel, too. A lot of these agencies couldn’t function without them.”