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About the 200 Club of Bergen County

Over 40 years ago, a Detroit businessman elicited generous responses when he asked 100 business friends to contribute $200 each to the family of a young police officer who was fatally wounded in the line of duty.  This was the origin of the 200 Club.

Each 200 Club in the United States is independent of the other.  In the early 1980’s, former N.J. State Police Superintendent Colonel Clinton Pagano made several attempts to start a 200 Club in Bergen County, all of which failed – until he introduced the idea to J. Fletcher Creamer.

J. Fletcher Creamer, an influential businessman renowned for his involvement in civic affairs took the lead and personally signed up the first 80 members in 1985.  The 200 Club of Bergen now stands as one of the largest 200 Clubs with over 1200 members and growing.

While the 200 Club of Bergen County’s members are its lifeblood, the organization’s past and current presidents, executive board members and trustees volunteer a great deal of time and effort to ensure that the club remains true to its mission.  They continually work to improve upon the support that the club provides to our police, fire and emergency service personnel throughout the county of Bergen.

From founder J. Fletcher Creamer all the way through to the current president, Jack Terhune and the present Board of Trustees, they continue to make significant contributions to the advancement of the 200 Club of Bergen County.

Our Mission:

The 200 Club of Bergen County is committed to supporting both financial and emotionally– Bergen County Law Enforcement, Fire and EMS personnel and their families in the event of death or serious injury in the line of duty. We also provide support in the form of scholarships and special needs appropriations to agencies who serve and protect Bergen County communities.

How it Began:

Over four decades ago a Detroit businessman elicited generous responses when he asked 100 business friends to contribute $200 each to the family of a young local police officer who was fatally wounded in the line of duty. This selfless act was the beginning of the 200 Club.

In 1985, J. Fletcher Creamer and friends founded the Bergen County Chapter of the 200 Club. The 200 Club of Bergen County provides financial assistance, scholarships and valor recognition to law enforcement, fire and emergency service personnel and their families.

200 Club Funding

YOUR $250.00 ANNUAL DUES HELP PAY FOR:

  • More than $1 million in Scholarship Awards – currently 35 students are
    active on our scholarship roster.
  • More than $900,000 in Grants for Equipment and Education Programs to Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Departments throughout Bergen County the State of New Jersey.
  • More than $300,000 in Death Benefi ts and other fi nancial support to fallen and severely injured public servants
  • More than 500 men and women who risk their lives every day in the service of Law Enforcement, Fire and Emergency Services have been honored at the Annual Valor Award Luncheons.
  • Wall of Hero Memorial honoring every Bergen County public servant killed in the line of duty at the Law & Public Safety Institute in Mahwah.
  • 9-11 Memorial honoring all of the Bergen County public servants who lost their lives due to September 11th.
  • The Fallen Firefi ghters Fund raised more than $100,000 for the 1988 Hackensack fire that took the lives of fi ve city firefighters.
  • 9-11 WTC Fund raised more than $300,000 for Bergen County public servants affected by September 11th.

A $5,000 to $10,000 “death benefit” check that is presented to the family of Police, Fire or EMT personnel if loss of life occurs while in the line of duty.

The Scholarship Program - Eight (8) $10,000 Scholarships are awarded to graduating high school students each year. Continuing Education Program for Police, Fire and EMT personnel who are returning to school for a relevant degree.

The Appropriations Committee provides to many of the Police, Fire and EMT agencies that applied for this grant with money to help purchase additional equipment which helps strengthen their job performance and helps to protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Bergen County.

 

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