Volume 13 | January 2023

New Year Newsletter

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.

A Note from The President

Dear Supporter,

Happy New Year! I hope that you and your family had healthy and happy holidays.

In 2022, The Hundred Club continued to respond to the needs of our beneficiary families and the police and fire community we serve. Fourteen line of duty deaths occurred across the Commonwealth, and thanks to your continued support The Club was able to step in and support the families of these fallen heroes.

Your support does not go unnoticed by the police and fire community, they are extremely grateful for the continued support of The Club and our members.

In December, we were once again able to celebrate in-person at the Park Plaza with our beneficiary families and their loved ones. The day was incredible, filled with love and laughter. Visits from Santa and the grinch helped keep the party interesting and all of the families and children had a wonderful time. Some photos are below for you to view and more are on our website.

We have more exciting news coming soon about our benefits to the families of our fallen heroes.

Thank you to each and everyone of you for your membership and support for the Hundred Club. I wish you and your families a happy, and healthy New Year.


Peter H. Smyth


The Hundred Club of Massachusetts

The Hundred Club Holiday Party

The Hundred Club Holiday Party was held in person on December 11 for the first time since 2019. It was a wonderful event filled with activities from Santa and the Grinch, caricature artists, balloon animals and so more. A special performance by the Boston Children’s Choir was a wonderful addition to the party. The event also gave the families the opportunity to reconnect with the each other. Kegi Fontanez was the keynote speaker who shared her gratitude for the Hundred Club since her husband Boston Police officer Jose Fontanez died from Covid-19 in 2020. Nearly 200 beneficiaries and their families attended the event.,

See all the photos here on our website.

BFit Challenge

The 7th annual BFit Challenge powered by National Grid will take place during the on February 5th 2023 at the TD Garden. Sign up as a sponsor, first responder, or community member on behalf of the Hundred Club. 100% of the proceeds raised on our behalf come directly back to our fund to support families of our fallen heroes. This event is critical to our annual fundraising efforts. Learn More

A Legacy of Giving

Donor Profile: Angie Crockett

Meet Angie Crockett, one of The Hundred Club angels. Angie and her husband made their money in the rubber business the early part of the 1900s, in her will she left The Hundred Club a bequest that still helps families of our fallen heroes today.

Each year, the net income Angie left in the James B. Crockett Memorial Fund is distributed among the spouses and/or children of first responders who died in the line of duty for the preceding year. This distribution is in addition to the benefits provided by The Club. In 2022, $143,000 was distributed to the families of first responders who died in the line of duty in 2021.

Angie's gift has provided a lifetime of support for the families of our fallen heroes.

December & January Remembrances

The Hundred Club honors, respects, and remembers our fallen heroes.

December 1, 2000

Yarmouth Police Officer Brad Erickson was killed after being struck by a heavy construction vehicle which was being backed up on Route 28. Officer Erickson had served with the Yarmouth Police Department for 28 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.

December 6, 2017

Montgomery Fire Chief Stephen P. Frye lost his life while battling a house fire. On that fateful night, the small volunteer fire department was called to respond to a chimney fire which quickly turned into a structure fire. He leaves behind his wife and 2 children.

December 8, 2011 Worcester Firefighter Jon D. Davies Sr.‚ 43‚ answered his final alarm in ‚ in search of a civilian who was reported missing and known to have been in the building at the time of the fire. He leaves behind 3 sons.

Worcester Cold Storage Fire

December 3, 1999: The Worcester Six- FF Paul Brotherton, Lt Timothy Jackson, FF Jeremiah Lucey, Lt James Lyons, FF Joseph McGuirk, & Lt Thomas Spencer. The Worcester Cold Storage and Warehouse Co. fire began in a 93-year old abandoned building on Franklin Street in Worcester MA.

December 8, 1964

Somerville Fire Fighter

John J. Cullinane died after suffering the effects of smoke inhalation.

December 9, 2018

Worcester Firefighter Christopher Roy became trapped and suffered smoke inhalation. The fire was determined to be intentionally set, and his death was ruled a homicide. He leaves behind a daughter.

December 10, 1967

Fitchburg Fire Department Captain James Belliveau died in the line of duty while fighting a fire at 37 Fairmount Place. He responded to the fire, despite being off duty. He was on the third floor of the Belliveau Furniture building when an explosion trapped him there.

December 11, 1999 Wareham Police Officer Christopher Argentinis died two days after being struck by a patrol car during a foot pursuit of a wanted subject who fled during a traffic stop. He leaves behind his wife and 2 sons.

December 16, 1978 Massachusetts State Trooper Donald Shea was killed in an automobile accident on Route 9 while responding to an accident in Natick. As he crested a hill he observed three juveniles in the roadway and swerved to avoid them. His patrol car struck a utility pole, causing fatal injuries. He leaves behind a wife and 2 sons.

December 20, 1989 Lawrence Fire Department Firefighter Billy McGuire died in the line of duty from his injuries sustained early in the morning of 12/18 in the porch collapse of 8 Temple Street in Lawrence, MA. He leaves behind a wife and 3 children.

December 21, 1999 Revere Firefighter Theodore A. Ferrante, Jr. and members of his ladder crew responded to an alarm of fire in a high rise building. The cause of the alarm was found to be a prank pull station activation. Firefighter Ferrante was transported to a local hospital where he died in the early morning hours. The cause of death was a heart attack.

December 23, 2011

Peabody Fire Fighter James Rice was killed while fighting a three-alarm blaze at a multi-unit home. He leaves behind his wife and 3 children.

December 26, 2010

Woburn Police Officer John B. Maguire served with the Woburn Police Department for 34 years. Officer Maguire was shot and killed when he responded to a robbery in progress at a local department store.

December 31, 2022

Stoughton Police Officer Christopher Davis passed away suddenly, on December 31, 2022.

December 29, 2022

Brockton Police Officer Sean Patrick Besarick passed away suddenly at his home. he leaves behind a wife and 2 daughters.

January 6, 1981

Boston Firefighters

Lt. Paul M. Lentini and FF. James M. Gibbons of E-37 who died in the line of duty, at the 8 alarm fire at 16-17 Arlington St.

January 9, 2008

Boston Firefighter Lt. Vincent P. Russell, a 21 year veteran died from injuries sustained while at the old John W. McCormack Federal Building.

January 9, 2009

Boston Firefighter Lt. Kevin M. Kelley, a 30 year veteran died after the ladder truck he was riding in crashed into a high-rise building on Huntington Avenue.

January 22, 1974

Boston Firefighter Bernard G. Tully, Medal of Valor recipient, died in a collision with a garbage truck.

January 23, 1997

Massachusetts State PoliceTrooper James B. Malloy died of a heart attack after struggling with a prisoner. He leaves behind a wife and 3 children

January 28, 2009

Massachusetts State Police Captain Richard Cashin was killed in an on duty automobile accident. He is survived by his wife and 4 children.


January 28, 1995

Stoughton Firefighter Victor Melendy, a 21 year veteran was killed during a search and rescue operation. He is survived by his wife and 3 children.

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