The purpose of the 100 Club of Solano & Yolo Counties is to
provide immediate financial assistance to families of public safety officers and firefighters who are killed in the line of duty, to provide resources to enhance their safety and welfare, and to further the education of their children through
Additionally, the members of the 100 Club of Solano & Yolo Counties help guide and mentor young men and women and support them in their efforts to become good citizens who
value education and civic responsibility. Our goal is to
help them to reach their potential and encourage
a life of public service.
To view the Senate Resolution honoring The 100 Club of Solano and Yolo Counties, and the Solano County Retired Peace Officers Association, dated August 9, 2019, click here.
In accordance with the Mission Statement of The 100 Club of Solano & Yolo Counties, the club has made donations to the following people and organizations:
*Family of Officer Natalie Corona, Davis Police Department
*Keri Greiss, wife of CHP Officer Kirk Greiss – Letter from CHP
*The Woodland Public Safety Academy
*Yolo County Sheriff Cadet Program
*Fairfield Police Activity League
*Santa Rosa Police Officers Fire Victims
*Woodland Christian Academy
*Woodland Police Activity League
Retired cop celebrates second year after starting Solano chapter of The 100 Club
By Richard Freedman, Vallejo Times-Herald
When Fairfield Police Sgt. Art Koch was shot July 28, 1984 and died a day later, it didn’t just alter the psyche of the community, it changed many lives — including Ron Turner’s.
Turner was a 30-year-old Fairfield cop and first responder. He’ll never forget that day when a despondent Vietnam veteran fired a bullet into Koch, the only Fairfield officer killed in the line of duty.
“It was my first real officer-involved shooting,” Turner said. “It’s one of those lingering things and a life-altering event that doesn’t go away. I was never in the military but I understand PTSD. You see something and it shakes your foundation.”
Turner, now 64, put in 37 years in law enforcement, first in Long Beach, then Fairfield and, finally, in Concord.
“I think of all the cops lost along the way, including right here in Vallejo with (Jim) Capoot and (Jeff) Azuar,” said Turner, sitting for a cup of coffee at a downtown coffee shop Friday.
It was the memory of those impacted by an officer’s death — mostly close family — that motivated Turner to start the Solano County branch of The 100 Club, a nonprofit that offers financial and emotional support to the families of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty.
Turner was heavily involved in the Contra Costa branch while he served with the Concord police. But when he retired to his long-time Vacaville home, he realized Solano didn’t have its own 100 Club. So he started one two years ago Sept. 16.
The organization boasts around 100 members, said Turner, with anyone eligible to join for $100 a year or volunteer at various events, including the 2nd Annual Bill Oren Memorial Shoot at Birds Landing Sept. 8.
It’s an eclectic group with a similar mission, Turner said: Give back to the community. “We have NRA members and board members opposed to the NRA,” said Turner, the board president. Members include Benicia Police Chief Erik Upson, Fairfield City Councilman and former officer Chuck Timm, Krishna Abrams of the District Attorney’s Office, Sheriff Thomas Ferrara, and county assessor Marc Tonnesen.
The 100 Club practiced what it preached recently — “provide a $20,000 check to the surviving spouse within 72 hours” — when it delivered as promised to the widow of CHP Officer Kurt Greiss, killed Aug. 10 by a distracted driver. “All the board members said, ‘That’s what we’re supposed to do,’” said Turner. “It worked out.”
Turner is proud to be one of the leaders of the Solano County branch of the 100 Club. “Even though I’m retired and ‘on the backside of life,’ I’m still able to give something back to the community,” said Turner, believing everyone can help someone else’s life.
“Just take a few minutes to acknowledge another person who may need a hand,” he said, baffled how someone can sit in a coffee shop “and not say anything to the person to the left or person to the right.”
The son of Air Force veteran Bob Turner was used to moving every two years until he settled in Vacaville. There was Texas, Kansas and various bases. At Vanden High School, Timm was Turner’s classmate. And Harry Price, now Fairfield’s mayor, was Turner’s English teacher.
“We had to figure out what we were going to do,” Turner said. “You can’t stay 17 and 18 forever, though I’d sure like to go back to those good ol’ days when you didn’t have to pay bills.”
Majoring in criminology at Long Beach State, “I was going to be a social worker,” Turner said. But when troops started returning from Vietnam, cities increased their police hiring. Turner became a campus cop at Long Beach and his law enforcement career began. And he’s never looked back.
“I’ve met a lot of really good people and made some small changes in the community,” Turner said. “I drive around Concord and think, ‘I had that sign put up so traffic is safer here’ or I’d see a road that’s safer because I got the engineers to change its grade. Little things like that.”
As his career neared the end, Turner pondered the next step.
“I thought I was going to get back into a band playing saxophone like I did in college and I’d wear my hair long and grow a mustache,” Turner said. “But my saxophone playing wasn’t as good as it was in college and my hair wouldn’t grow as fast and I couldn’t get the thick mustache I could back in the day.”
Reality hit. “Everything changed,” Turner said. “I couldn’t look like Sly Stone anymore.”
But, as he discovered, he could help his community. And now he’s hitting the streets promoting the Oren Memorial target fun shoot, named after the husband of Joyce Oren, a 100 Club member. And from there, it’s the Oct. 20 Kidfest at Andrews Park in Vacaville.
Retired from law enforcement, perhaps, but Turner’s hardly retired from community service. “You can make a difference,” Turner said.