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Remembering Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Norsworthy

Annual benefit for first responders announced

By Elsa Maxey

John “J.D.” Norsworthy

John “J.D.” Norsworthy

In today’s world, the role of law enforcement more than any other time has been in focus. In fact in some places, a collective group of people have been vocal about their losing faith in the system. What we do know to be the case is that the role of first responders is to protect and serve. We also know that law enforcement is something society will always need, and we are grateful to those who are true to that promise.

In Fort Bend County, there’s an annual gala that benefits our fine, local first responders who suffer injuries, illness or undergo other hardships that affect them and their families. That event in 2016 will be on Saturday, February 13, from 6 to 11 p.m. at the George Ranch Historical Park’s main arena.

The Behind the Badge Charities volunteer organization together with communications and equipment supplier Motorola Solutions are hosting this annual Boots and Badges Gala with a Safari Texas catered dinner featuring music, dancing and those live and silent auctions so popular in our part of Texas.

Behind the Badge Charities boasts a large and diverse board of directors, comprising a group of individuals that represent about 50 Fort Bend community law enforcement, corrections, fire and emergency medical service agencies and prominent community members.

Last year, $175,000 was reportedly raised for Fort Bend’s first responders and their families from the annual gala, which had more than 1,000 in attendance at the Boots and Badges gala.

Behind the Badge Charities was founded in 2011, after Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office Deputy John “J.D.” Norsworthy, 39, died in the line of duty on January 5, 2011. This time of the year represents an anniversary remembrance of Deputy Norsworthy, whose automobile accident occurred December 27th, five years ago. Deputy Norsworthy also previously served in the Rosenberg Police Department.

Norsworthy’s tragedy, which became the inspiration for creating the charity, served as the impetus for the charity’s fundraising effort, which to date, has awarded more than $300,000 in financial assistance to Fort Bend County Emergency First Responders. Organizers of Behind the Badge Charities also recently announced that it will be awarding academic scholarships amounting to more than $45,000 to eligible dependent children of emergency responders in Fort Bend County this upcoming year. Last year, $175,000 was reportedly raised for Fort Bend’s first responders and their families from the annual gala, which had more than 1,000 in attendance at the Boots and Badges gala.

Sponsorship opportunities for the gala remain available with individual tickets to the gala costing $35 each and a table for 10 may be reserved for $500. For more information, visit BehindTheBadgeCharities/org or call 281-815-4980.

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