Within the history of any organization comes a defining moment when it is tested and success or failure is on the line.

Back when it all started for us, several objectives were established within the mission of the 200 Club of Bergen County; being able to support the family of a 1st Responder fallen hero, was first and foremost.

On July 1, 1988, at 3 PM a fire started at a local Hackensack auto dealership. As the fire intensified within the building, the ceiling collapsed killing five Hackensack firefighters. The Fallen Firefighters Fund was quickly created in the wake of this tragedy and the 200 Club was able to raise more than $75,000.

One of the firefighters killed that day was William Kresja. His wife, Clara became an “Honorary Trustee” and has remained so for more than 30 years. Clara’s dedication to the 200 Club remains strong in support of our mission to continue to honor and support those that have given the ultimate sacrifice.

Since the 1988 Hackensack Fire and then September 11, 2001, the 200 Club has awarded more than $500,000 in Death Benefits and other financial support to fallen and severely injured public servants.