Volunteer Board of Directors

Peck Boswell, Chairperson
Bob Lawrence, Vice Chairperson
Eric Dargan
Sanjay Ram
Malcom Rene
Roderick Newman
Lonnie Vara
Jane Cheeks

Peck Boswell, Chairperson

Bob Lawrence, Vice Chairperson

Eric Dargan

Sanjay Ram

Malcom Rene

Roderick Newman

Lonnie Vara

Jane Cheeks

Lisa Norwood knows how important HERO is. At about 12:20 p.m. Dec. 14, 2007, a car struck and killed her husband while he was cleaning debris from Sabo Street near Almeda Mall. Harold Norwood, 44, was a Public Works and Engineering employee.

Three days later, members of the HERO board of directors showed up at her door. They offered her shoulders to cry on and steady guidance navigating bureaucratic waters during that traumatic time. But they wanted to do more. Although the City of Houston provides for burial expenses, HERO immediately donated $2,000 to her for other incidental expenses she might need. 

After things settled down, the HERO Benefits Committee reviewed her financial condition and made a recommendation to the board that was approved. HERO then provided Lis with additional funds to help relieve her financial burden. 

They couldn't bring her husband bak, but their actions parted the clouds enough to hep her get through the dar days an insured that her dignity was preserved. 

"HERO is the best thing they could have done for city employees," Norwood said. "When your'e going through something like that, you need someone there to help your. You're not thinking clearly about what you need to do. So having that help meant so much to me.

HERO contributions helped Lisa pay for immediate needs, to pay off debts, and was the financial burden created by her husband's death.

"I can't imagine what would it would have been like to not have HERO there to help me."

City employees don't work for a corporation. they work for you and your neighbors, providing services for the business world and your home. They maintain city roads so your clients can come to your meetings; they fix water lines so you and your family can drink clean water; and they work in heavy downpours to clear drainage ditchers so you can get home to your family. when a hurricane bears down on the city, they staff the city's emergency response units and help manager the crisis, clear debris and provide shelter. Municipal employees do so much. HERO assists the family left behind when a municipal employee is killed at work. We need your help to accomplish these goals!

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.