Assemblyman Thomas Giblin (D-Montclair) was honored at the One Hundred Club of Montclair’s 47th annual dinner on Wednesday night.
Giblin, an assemblyman since 2005, was presented with the Chief’s Award for Community Service for what club President Raymond Connell said was a lifelong achievement.
“I’m very flattered that I received this recognition,” said Giblin before the event yesterday. “I known many of the police officers and hierarchy in both departments over the years, and to be singled out is a great personal recognition.”
The annaul dinner was held at the Montclair Golf Club, and drew more than 100 members and guests -- including council members and Mayor Robert Jackson.
Giblin is the fourth recipient of the award, and Connell added that the award was created for people like Giblin.
“He has always been very supportive of Montclair ... and institutions within the town,” said Connell. “He has a history of supporting ... projects in Montclair, and specifically the police and fire departments, and the One Hundred Club.”
The Chief Award is named for former Montclair Police Chief Edward Giblin and Fire Chief John Gardner.
Thomas Giblin, a member of the club for about eight years and Montclair resident, has a long public career in Essex County, including being elected a Freeholder in 1979. He was also named the grand marshall of the Montclair Fourth of July parade in 2011.
The One Hundred Club, established in 1966, is a nonprofit organization and raises funds for police- or fireman injured or killed in the line of duty. In addition, the club awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are the sons or daughters of first responders.