HOOKSETT – A retired New Hampshire State Trooper from Hooksett has been named by U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., as November’s Granite Stater of the Month.
Capt. Gregory Ferry earned the honor for his 25 years of dedicated service to the people of New Hampshire as well as his efforts to strengthen the bond between local law enforcement officials and the Special Olympics.
As a symbol of Ferry’s strong relationship with the program, he was selected to represent New Hampshire at the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi.
The Granite Stater of the Month award is an initiative launched by Hassan to recognize New Hampshire citizens who represent the Granite State’s values and “all-hands-on-deck” spirit.
“I think (Special Olympians) came to look up to him and to feel supported and secure knowing they had a State Trooper on their team,” said Hassan. “It’s just a great example of what Granite Staters do all the time, which is step up to help other people; they don’t wait for others to solve problems, they just take them on and solve problems themselves. Thanks to Captain Ferry, we have a more robust Special Olympics program in New Hampshire.”
Ferry helped Special Olympics throughout his career but increased his involvement after his daughter Jillian became a Special Olympian.
He says that he was shocked and humbled to earn the award, with Hassan sharing Ferry’s accomplishments into the official Congressional Record.
Today, Ferry says that there are approximately 75 New Hampshire State Troopers who regularly volunteer with Special Olympics, but he hopes to help grow that number as he transitions into life past the New Hampshire State Police.
“We have more troopers participating in Special Olympics than we ever have before, but we still can do better,” he said.
Ferry has seen the mental health benefits obtained by law enforcement officials volunteering in Special Olympics, but encourages everyone to volunteer with the program.
“There are always volunteering opportunities for anyone, whether it’s with logistics or checking in athletics or even coaching,” he said. “I would say it’s also great for younger adults as they’re heading to college to add something to their resume.”
More information on Special Olympics New Hampshire can be found at their website, www.sonh.org.
Any New Hampshire resident can nominate a Granite Stater of the Month by going to www.hassan.senate.gov and going to the drop-down menu under the “news” section.