Volume 4 | April 2022
April News & Updates
Thank you for your continuing support of the Hundred Club! With your support and membership we are able to care for the families of those who care for us.
Mass Non-Profit News Features The 100 Club
Mass Nonprofit: Peter Smyth & The Hundred Club
When he ran a commercial media company, Peter Smyth always emphasized community involvement and philanthropy, which proved to be the right background for leading The Hundred Club.
While the cornerstone of helping others was always a part of my life, my path to nonprofit leadership was paved by Norman Knight, a founding member of The Hundred Club of Massachusetts. 

Chairman Joseph Abely Attends MCOPA Meeting
Earlier this month, Chairman Joseph Abely attended the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association with the Southeast Massachusetts Chiefs. Since 2015, the Hundred Club has stepped up to serve the families of fifteen fallen heroes.
The Hundred Club is proud to attend events with the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police, and is grateful for the opportunity to talk to the next generation of police officers (and firefighters) about the Hundred Club.
Fun at Fenway Park
Opening Day at Fenway
Opening Day was especially exciting this year for John Austin Jr. who attended the game with his mom Kari.

John's father was a Quincy firefighter LODD: July 8, 2013. Throughout the season we will see the families of our fallen heroes enjoy games at Fenway Park thanks to your continued support and generosity.
Upcoming Events
The Hundred Club is attending the Boston Pops on Saturday, June 4 with families of the Club. Nearly 100 family members have registered for the event. If you are a family of the Hundred Club and would like to attend but have not yet RSVP'ed, please call or email.

Membership Renewal & Donations (Please Help)
Renew or Join Today
The Club is still 200 members short of our 2022 goal. Please help us bridge the gap.
  • Renewal and New Memberships for 2022 Memberships are open now. Please renew or join today and help the families of our fallen heroes. Spread the word! Renew Today
  • Beginning in December 2021, the Hundred Club extends a reduced membership fee for active-duty police officers or firefighters. We are so thankful to our first responders for their protection and support. More Information
  • Please consider a donation to the Hundred Club. Your support is critical to fund our operations. Donate Now
April Remembrances
The Hundred Club honors, respects, and remembers our fallen heroes.
April 2, 1940
Boston Police Patrolman Patrick C. Gannon of the inhaled toxic fumes, became ill, and died while on duty.
April 7, 2009
Worcester Police Sergeant Michael Towner succumbed to injuries sustained six weeks earlier while struggling with a violent subject. Sergeant Towner had served with the Department for 33 years.
April 9, 1921
Boston Police Patrolman James Preston was shot and killed while attempting to make an arrest. Patrolman Preston was U.S. Army veteran of WWI and had served with the Wakefield Police Department for one year
April 11, 1973
Springfield Police Officer Richard Vigneault was killed when his patrol car was struck head-on by a drunk driver. He was survived by his wife and three children.



April 12, 2018
K-9 Sergeant Sean M. Gannon was killed in the line of duty on April 12, 2018 while serving a search warrant in the Town of Barnstable. Sergeant Gannon was an 8 year veteran of the Yarmouth Police Department.
April 14, 2020
Officer Jose Fontanez died as the result of contracting COVID-19 while on duty. Officer Fontanez had served with the Boston Police Department for 29 years. He is survived by his wife, four children, and one grandchild
April 14, 1928
Massachusetts State Police Patrolman Higgins sustained severe head trauma and died after his motorcycle struck an automobile at the
intersection of Newton Street and Framingham Road in Southborough.
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April 15, 1915
Weymouth Chief of Police Patrick Butler was struck by a motor vehicle. Chief Butler had served with the Weymouth Police Department for 35 years. He was survived by his wife, eleven children.
April 26, 1968
Sergeant Robert J. Zinck of the Framingham Police Department, succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning while assigned to a fixed post during a labor dispute. He is survived by his wife and 4 children.
April 30, 1977
Franklin Firefighter John Durand was working on duty at the scene of an outside woods fire when he collapsed, partially from the effects of smoke inhalation, and was transported a local hospital and was pronounced deceased. John left his wife of 18 years, and his four children, ages 17, 15, 9 and 7 at the time.  A short time after his funeral services, a businessman, who was a family friend, and member of the Hundred Club, brought Mary into Boston, and introduced her to Mr. Knight. The Durand family is incredibly appreciative of the years of service and support from the Hundred Club, including helping four children through college.
Natick Police Officer Michael Mabardy
Michael Mabardy, 39 of the Natick Police Department died suddenly on April 19. Previously, he was an officer with the Nantucket Police. Officer Mabardy leaves behind 4 daughters.

Membership Reminder
New Memberships & Renewals
  • Renew or join today and receive your newly branded membership card and bumper sticker.
  • Your renewal and support are essential to continue our mission of caring for the families of fallen police officers and firefighters.
  • If you are unable to renew, please consider a donation.