Western Mass Region
Home Awards Education Photo Albums
Home Awards Education

Butternut Ski Patrol Banquet


Patriot Star

This award was created by the Eastern Division to recognize and thank patrollers for their service to our country.

  • Jack Brinegar – Navy 1987-1995
  • Lou Galm – Navy 1961-1967
  • Jim Harrison – Army 1961-1967
  • Peter Hawley – Army 1970-1976
  • Joe Mosa - Army
  • Bob Millar – Army 1977-1980
  • Ken Schwartz – Navy 1959-1965

Congratulations to the recipeints and thank you for your service!

Meritorious Service Award - Bill Welch

Bill Welch has served as our Western Mass Senior Training Coordinator since 2012. During his tenure, he achieved a very high pass rate, which reflects not only how well he prepares the students but also how well he prepares his staff. He has helped other regions when they needed staffing for their programs. Although he is stepping down, he has prepared his successor to take over and will continue to be involved with the program.

Congratulations Bill!

National Appointment - Paul Sebben

Paul Sebben has patrolled for 37 years of which 33 years as a Senior Alpine Patroller.

The National Ski Patrol runs in the family. His father and uncle were patrollers and currently, both his daughters are on the patrol. He has encouraged them to go beyond day-to-day patroller through his actions. This award is not just for decades of service, but also service above and beyond the local patrol.

Distinguished Service Award - Jeff Galm

Jeff Galm has given great service to others both on and off the slopes. He served a 20-year career with the New York State police and received a commendation of trooper of the year. He volunteers tireless hours to his community through the Milan Fire Department beginning as a line firefighter, then a company officer, Assistant Chief, Chief and board member.

Jeff developed a first of its kind fundraiser called Boards and Badges that brought the law enforcement community together on the slopes. The annual event raised a record amount of money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society this year to help find a cure. This patroller has been an active member in the National Ski Patrol for almost 40 years and has served in many leadership capacities, most recently as patrol director for the Butternut Ski Patrol.

Jeff is part of a three-generation patrol family. His father (also a recipient of a DSA) is now Alumni and his son Robert is currently a member of the Butternut Ski Patrol.

The Distinguished Service Award is one of National Ski Patrol’s highest honors. It is given to individuals who have performed extraordinary service to the NSP and the skiing public over a long period. It is distinguished by the exceptional devotion to duty, outstanding performance, and excellent contributions to the system. It is not something that is easily given out, nor is the significance of its importance taken lightly.

Congratulations Jeff...well deserved!

Posted April 3, 2019

National Ski Patrol Eastern Division