The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) presented its Distinguished Service Award to Wellesley’s own Chief Terrence Cunningham, on behalf of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). MOAA gives out the yearly award to individuals or organizations that are not members of Congress but have been consistent supporters of national defense and the uniformed services community. Chief Cunningham, as President of the IACP, was recognized for his and the Association’s efforts to reintegrate returning veterans into civilian law enforcement positions
In an embarrassment of awards riches, back in March, Cunningham received the prestigious “Peace-Most Valuable Player” award for his continued work to reduce gun violence in Massachusetts. The Chief worked with the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police and the State Legislature to add suitability as a criteria to obtain a Massachusetts Firearms Identification (FID) card. In his role as President of the IACP, he continues to work at both the state and national levels to find ways to reduce gun violence, while respecting the freedoms of the Second Amendment.
We hope that Will Ferrell, whom we’ve always suspected is Chief Cunningham’s twin, separated from him at birth, isn’t too jealous of the Chief’s success. Ferrell is most likely taking comfort in his (less-prestigious) 2016 Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Movie actor for his work in Daddy’s Home. Every now and then Ferrell shows up in the area (he has family in Needham), making us wonder if he will one day run the Savage Race, which takes place this year on May 1.