Thomas Francis Meagher Award
Paul was born in Southie but was raised in the Mission Hill section of Roxbury, MA. He attended St. Joseph’s grammar school, Roxbury, MA and Cathedral High School, Boston, MA.
Paul honorably served in the U.S. Air Force from 1969-1973, as a Radar Technician, aboard the infamous EC-121 Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWAC) planes. AWAC planes Paul was assigned to flew missions in support of the Vietnam War out of Korea and Thailand.
After being honorably discharged from the Air Force, Paul attended and graduated in 1978 from Northeastern University, Boston, MA earning a degree in “Electrical Engineering Technology”. From 1980-1985 he worked as a Technician at Honeywell Electric Optics Division, Lexington, MA. For the next 27 years, he worked as a Technician in the Research and Development (R&D) division of Flir Systems, Billerica, MA where he helped design and produce thermal imaging cameras, components and imaging sensors, many of which are still in military use today.
Paul moved to Cape Cod in 2010 seeking retirement but that was elusive. He became very involved in supporting the various Cape Code Veteran groups, which include the VFW Post 10274, Dennis, MA and the Cape Cod Veterans Inc. He holds the title of Vice Commander, for VFW Post 10274, Dennis, MA and is President of the Cape Cod Veterans Inc.
Paul and numerous others from the Veterans organizations assist Cape Cod veterans and their families in times of need. Additionally, the Veteran organizations provide support to various food pantries, the Sons of Erin scholarship funds and many other charitable organizations. Paul and the Cape Cod veterans also provide assistance to non-veteran individuals and their families who are in need of assistance. Paul’s mission statement is to take care of others whenever and however he can. In a changing world he would like to project peace and positive energy to all whom he has contact with.
Director of Veterans' Services
Greg Quilty, was recently appointed as the Department of Veterans' Services Director for the Barnstable District representing 15 towns from Wareham to Provincetown. Prior to serving in this capacity he was the Executive Director of the Cape & Islands Veterans Outreach Center, where, with the help of dedicated staff and volunteers, provided housing for homeless and low income veterans, holistic and traditional counseling for PTSD and TBI, veterans food pantry, and numerous other services to over 1,700 Cape Cod veterans per year.
Their efforts have prevented hundreds of veteran evictions over the last few years.
He gave 20 years of dedicated service to his country retiring as a Major in the United States Marine Corps. He served in the Multinational Peacekeeping Force in Beirut Lebanon in 1982 and 1983. He also served in Dessert Shield and Dessert Storm from 1990-1991 and after a brief return deployed again to the Persian Gulf and Kuwait in 1992. During his career he participated in numerous overseas operations in 32 countries around the world. He received his Masters Degree in Business from Boston University and JD from the University of Massachusetts.
He has coached youth hockey for over 10 years with both the Cape Cod Waves and Barnstable Youth Hockey and is a past President of Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
He married Carolyn Quilty, a long time 5th grade teacher at the Wixon School, soon after being commissioned a 2ndd Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. They have one daughter, Kathleen, who is an academic merit scholarship winner and field hockey player at Bentley University.
The Quiltys are fiercely proud of their Irish heritage. Greg was raised in South Boston by his grandparents who were natives of Limerick and Cork. A book about the uprising and the Irish leaders of 1916 was dedicated to Greg's great-grandfather Daniel Quilty.
James Cummings has been Sheriff of Barnstable County for going on 16 years.
In 1974, not long after an honorable discharge from the United States Navy, Jim began a law enforcement career with the Massachusetts State Police.
He left 24 years later to run for Sheriff. By then he'd become a court-qualified expert on organized crime, gaming, narcotics, and arson. Detective Lieutenant Cummings ended his years in blue investigating and helping prosecnte crime for the State Police Detective unit assigned to the Cape and Islands District Attorney's Office. He also taught and helped set up the State Police's first homicide school.
His first job as Sheriff was to hammer out a mission statement ... one that demands the attention of the three hundred and fifty employees who work for him. Its pillars are Compassion, Teamwork, Professionalism, and Integrity -- with special emphasis on the latter.
Public service was an honorable profession when Jim Cummings took the sheriffs helm in 1999 and he's made it more so today.
Sheriff Cummings has a great appreciation for our veterans and has raised funds for many veterans groups and organization here on Cape Cod including Cape Cod Cares for the Troops and Hero's in Transition. The Sheriff has also used his Community Service Crews to build ramps for handicapped veterans and they have also done extensive work on the new Grace Veterans Center in Mashpee as well as doing work on many VFW' s and American Legion Post across the Cape.
State Representative Tim Whelan represents the 1st Barnstable District, covering all or parts of the Towns of Barnstable, Yarnouth, Dennis, and Brewster.
Born and raised in an Irish-American family in the City of Worcester, he began his career in law enforcement working as a Corrections Officer in the Worcester County Sheriff's Department. He later joined the Massachusetts State Police where he served 21 years, retiring as a Sergeant from the South Yarmouth barracks.
Representative Whelan was sworn in as a member of the 189th General Court of the Massachusetts legislature in January 2015. He is also a proud Veteran of our armed forces having served honorably in the United States Marine Corps.
Married to his high-school sweetheart, Lisa Whelan, for over 25 years they are the proud parents of two adult daughters, Maggie and Katie.
Tim and Lisa are very proud of their Irish heritage and some of their fondest memories involve their many family trips to Ireland. as well as the years Maggie and Katie danced competitively for the McInerney School of Irish Dance.
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