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Hundred Club of Massachusetts honors first responders 
By Lt. Col. James Sahady, Massachusetts National Guard Public Affairs 
100 club honors first responders 

- The 100 Club of Massachusetts honored first responders on October 9 at the Boston Park Plaza, for their heroic first response during the Boston Marathon Bombings.

More than 500 people packed the Imperial Ballroom, to include approximately 200 public safety professionals from communities throughout the Boston area. The annual dinner, which was held on Wednesday, October 9, was just blocks from where the two explosions occurred.

The 100 Club and various speakers noted that this appeared to be the first time the honorees were jointly recognized since the attacks.

“Everyone was in agreement that there was an attack, the victims had to be helped, and the perpetrators brought to justice, and we succeeded,” said Attorney General Martha Coakley. “In the days since the Boston Marathon bombings, the truth is that our police, firefighters, EMS, and National Guardsmen worked together so well because it’s what we do,” she said.

The 100 Club is a philanthropic organization dedicated to serving law enforcement and public safety organizations and honors first responders and medical workers who contribute to the public health and safety of Massachusetts at its annual dinner. This year’s awards went to MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, who was killed in the line of duty and MBTA Transit Police officer Richard Donahue, 13 public safety organizations and four local hospitals for the role they played on the day of and days following the attack.