Donations to help Jessica Hollis’ family roll in

Jessica Hollis

AUSTIN (KXAN) —  Later this week, family, friends and fellow first responders will say goodbye to a Travis County Sheriff’s Deputy killed in last week’s flood. In the days since her death, law enforcement communities have been stepping up to help the family of Senior Deputy Jessica Hollis financially.

“It was a very sad and solemn occasion for us here because we were all holding out hope that she was somewhere and they would find her alive,” said Etta Moore, executive director for The 100 Club of Central Texas.

Through social media many people started putting up signs that said “Hope #4413” after Hollis went missing when she was checking a low water crossing early Thursday morning. Flood waters washed her car into Bear Creek, just below Mansfield Damn. A day later, search crews and dive teams found Hollis’ body in the water on Friday afternoon.

The 100 Club, a nonprofit which gives money to first responder families if someone dies or gets critically injured in the line of duty, gave Hollis’ family $10,000.

Roadside memorial for Deputy Jessica Hollis. (Thomas Costley/KXAN)
Roadside memorial for Deputy Jessica Hollis. (Thomas Costley/KXAN)

“Very emotional, very emotional. We actually met them at the funeral home and the whole family was there,” said Moore, who met with Hollis’ brother and husband Rick, an officer with the Austin Police Department. “Told them that they would be in our prayers and thoughts during this time and going forward and would keep them in our family.”

Just last October, The 100 Club said it cut a $10,000 check to the family of  Lt. Clay Crabb. The Austin Police Officer died in a car crash while on his way to work.

“Our first responders are out there putting their lives on the line every day for us and this is a small thing we can do to give back to them,” said Moore, who explained that their funding comes from donations, membership dues and fundraisers. A bittersweet gesture that helps in a time of need but doesn’t strip the pain away from losing a mother, wife, daughter, co-worker and friend.

On Monday a memorial appeared where Hollis was checking a low water crossing. The deputy’s funeral will be held Wednesday morning at the Hill Country Bible Church on Ranch Road 620.

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