Texas Mutual Insurance Company announced that it is donating $5,234 toward the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas (IIAT) Trusted Choice Foundation relief fund for West, Texas. The money will help restore West and its fire services following the explosion at the West Fertilizer Company in April.
Steve Math, senior vice president of underwriting at Texas Mutual, presented the check to Patrick Watkins, IIAT president, during the IIAT’s Annual Conference and Trade Show at the Omni Dallas Hotel.
“Volunteer firefighters were the first on the scene after the West explosion, risking their lives to protect others,” said Watkins. “It is critical that they have the resources they need to continue doing their jobs effectively and, above all, safely. When IIAT put out the call for donations, it was no surprise Texas Mutual responded. They’re a strong business partner, but more importantly, an unwavering supporter of IIAT’s community initiatives.”
In total, the IIAT/Trusted Choice Foundation raised more than $50,000 toward the relief effort. Contributors included IIAT member agencies and insurance carriers.
“More than two decades ago, Texas Mutual made a permanent commitment to our state’s employers and their employees,” said Math. “That commitment extends to the communities where we live. Texas Mutual applauds the IIAT for spearheading this initiative, and we are proud to be associated with it.”
West is a community of about 3,000 people located 18 miles north of Waco. On April 17, 2013, the West Fertilizer Company caught fire. While emergency personnel worked to douse the flames, the plant exploded. Fifteen people died, and more than 200 were injured.
Source: Texas Mutual Insurance Company
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