Cunningham receives 100 Club honor

Posted 6/16/20

Detective Sergeant Lucas Cunningham of the Madisonville Police Department was presented with the prestigious 100 Club Award for his life-saving actions during an incident at Lake Madison last year.

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Cunningham receives 100 Club honor

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Detective Sergeant Lucas Cunningham of the Madisonville Police Department was presented with the prestigious 100 Club Award for his life-saving actions during an incident at Lake Madison last year.

“It is absolutely an amazing feeling,” said Cunningham. “Receiving anything from the 100 Club is such an honor for a police officer in the state of Texas. It is just an amazing feeling.”

This is not the first award Cunningham has garnered for the life-saving incident. In August, he received a commendation from the United States House of Representatives for ‘Outstanding Performance and Dedication’. He also earned a Lifesaver Award from WoodmenLife in 2019.

The 100 Club’s Annual Heroes Awards Banquet, normally held in Houston, was canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cunningham received a chrome-plated pistol, engraved with his full title and badge number, and will receive a plaque via mail commemorating the honor.

“It is sort of a once in a lifetime thing,” said Cunningham. “You do not usually get a 100 Club honor more than once, so to not be able to do the whole ceremony and everything was disappointing. But it is just an honor to even be thought of. It is hard to complain.”

In June of 2019, Cunningham dove into Lake Madison after an 81-year-old man whose boat had overturned before safely bringing him to shore.

“I took off my gun, badge and radio and then dove in after him,” said Cunningham in an interview with the Meteor shortly after the incident. “I went out there to grab a hold of him and just brought him back in. You hear stories about two people drowning in some of these cases because the first person cannot remain calm. But I told him to relax and he stayed perfectly still.”

In 2018, Cunningham was honored by DPS and state officials with a Director’s Award for his role in saving a local woman’s life in the Madisonville Square.

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