SOURCE: State Firemen's & Fire Marshals' Association of Texas

State Firemen's & Fire Marshals' Association of Texas

October 17, 2013 14:04 ET

State Firemen's & Fire Marshals' Association Receives Donation of More Than 18,800 Legacy Lockbox Memberships for Volunteer First Responders in Texas

Online Legacy Planning Tool Membership Offers Volunteer First Responders and Their Families Peace of Mind

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwired - Oct 17, 2013) - State Firemen's & Fire Marshals' Association of Texas (SFFMA) announced today that they've received a donation of more than 18,800 one-year Legacy Lockbox Heritage memberships, enough for all of its current members, from Houston-based Assets In Order, the online legacy planning and digital asset storage service. The donation, valued at more than $396,000, was given in recognition of the invaluable service that Texas first responders provide to their communities.

"We are honored to accept this donation as a benefit for our members," said Chris Barron, executive director of SFFMA. "Our first responders give their all to the communities they serve. Assets In Order understands what our heroes do and recognizes the importance of these great men and women and their families."

Legacy Lockbox enables members to organize and update their assets and personal information in a single, secure place for future access by themselves or designated loved ones when needed. Members can store a wide variety of files ranging from their will, life insurance documents and financial account information to social media passwords, favorite photos, family mementos, pet directives, final wishes and even personal messages. The lockbox owner can designate loved ones and friends to receive specific content should the lockbox owner pass. The online service includes 1GB of storage and is protected by 256-bit encryption, equal to security levels used by banks and other major financial institutions. The creator of Legacy Lockbox hopes it offers first responders some peace of mind and a way to organize important information.

"This year, we've seen a tremendous amount of casualties among first responders across the U.S. and especially here in Texas," said David Harris, CEO and founder of Assets In Order. "Every morning when a Texas first responder hero wakes up, they don't know what their day will bring. My desire is to provide these brave men and women, who risk their lives daily, with a convenient and cost-free way to feel more secure knowing that they have planned ahead for their families." Harris added that he knows first-hand that planning ahead for your family shows you care.

The donation presentation took place at the 50-foot-tall memorial to Texas volunteer firefighters on the Texas State Capitol grounds and included State Rep. Drew Springer, a volunteer firefighter and supporter of the fire service.

"We should be doing everything we can to honor our heroes who risk their lives every day without asking for anything in return," said Rep. Springer. "As a volunteer firefighter, I've seen firsthand the sacrifices that are made every day to protect others."

SFFMA will be reaching out to members for instructions on how to receive their complimentary membership.

The SFFMA is one of the largest trade associations in Texas. The 137-year-old organization is the oldest and the largest fire and EMS service association in the state. Membership includes 1200 fire, EMS and International departments, 18,800+ individual members, and 80 industrial fire brigades. The cornerstone of the organization is the Certification Program for firefighters, which encourages training, education and certification for all emergency responders. The SFFMA founded and now supports and sponsors the world's largest fire training school, at Texas A&M University, providing instructors and professional service on the TEEX Fire School's Advisory Board. In addition, the association is extremely active in its legislative efforts that affect the fire service of Texas. To learn more, visit or connect through Facebook at

About Assets In Order
Assets In Order, based in Houston, is the creator of Legacy Lockbox, the affordable online legacy planning and storage service that enables members to organize and update digital assets in a secure place. Affordably priced at only $19.95 per year, the online service uses a 265-bit encryption, equal to security levels of banks and other major financial institutions. Assets In Order CEO and Founder David Harris, a successful entrepreneur with over 30 years of business experience, was inspired to create Assets In Order as a result of his personal battle with cancer and his need for a legacy planning tool that would enable him to organize and store digital assets and other vital information for loved ones. For more information, visit or connect through Facebook at and Twitter at

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Lori Pennington
    Carbonara Group
    o: 713-524-8170
    Email Contact

    Chris Barron
    State Firemen's & Fire Marshals' Association
    o: 512-454-3473