ATLANTIC CITY -
The 200 club of Atlantic and Cape May County held their 29th Annual Memorial Service and Brunch, which honors police, fire and rescue members who were killed in the line of duty.
Joseph Corbo Jr., President of the 200 Club of Atlantic and Cape May County, explains the purpose of the event, "We show our thanks and solidarity to those who put their lives on the line everyday."
This year's guest speaker was Captain Raymond Dupuis, the Commander of Field Operations for the Watertown Police Department, who lead the efforts to capture the Boston Marathon bombers.
"A lot of people receiving valor awards for heroism. And it was just like in Watertown where the officers were getting shot at and bombs thrown at them. They all acted above and beyond the call of duty as have these people in New Jersey," describes Captain Dupuis.
The event brought together some of the counties bravest to honor them for their acts of valor, and reward scholarships for children of the fallen or currently serving first responders.
"It's very wonderful that they do this every year and that they're able to award people, that were able to get scholarships, through this and help carry on the name of our loved one and many other loved ones that have put their lives out there and now are being able to pay it forward to other people," said Lisa Gibson, sister of fallen Officer James Hoopes.
NBC 40’s own Michelle Dawn Mooney & Pete Thompson emceed the event, which raised more than $37,000 for the families of fallen emergency responders.
U.S. Representative Frank LoBiondo, Mayor Don Guardian, and other officials were in attendance.
"It's events like this that ties this city together and gives us the opportunity to thank the public safety officers that work so hard for us," said Mayor Guardian.
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