Firefighters are charged with taking care of the community, but sometimes the community takes care of them.
Taquerias Arandas President Judy Camarena presented a $35,024 check to the 100 Club — the result of a fundraising campaign footed solely by Houston-area taqueria customers.
“This fundraising effort demonstrates the respect our customers have for the work our firefighters do and the sacrifices that they make,” Camarena says. “We are honored to present this check on behalf of our customers.”
During the month of June, Taquerias Arandas restaurants throughout Houston collected money for the families of fallen firefighters and law enforcement personnel in memory of Capt. Matthew Renaud, a veteran Houston firefighter who worked at the Taqueria Arandas his father owns when he wasn’t on duty.
Renaud, along with Probationary Firefighter Anne Sullivan, 24, Firefighter EMT Robert Garner, 29, and Engineer Operator EMT Robert Bebee, 41, died May 31 battling a five-alarm blaze at a restaurant and motel in Southwest Houston.