2022 Big Irish Campfire

Peter Whalen - Cara Medalist

Peter Whalen was born and raised in Bay Ridge. He is the youngest son of the late Patrick & Anna Whalen.  Peter traces his Irish roots to his Father’s parents, the late Michael & Catherine Whalen. His Grandfather Michael was born and raised in Renvyle, Co. Galway he emigrated to the U.S. in 1910. His Grandmother Catherine (nee Coyne) was born and raised in Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo she emigrated to the U.S. in 1915.  They married in 1920.  They raised 5 children James, John, Mary, Patrick & Catherine.  They lived in the Bronx and finally settled in Brooklyn in the 1930’s.  

Peter’s Mother Anna Pauline (nee Lane) was born and raised in Athleague, Co. Roscommon. She is youngest of 7 children born to the late Patrick & Abby Lane.   She immigrated to England in 1943. She returned to Ireland in 1947 before emigrating to the U.S.   She settled in Sunnyside Queens with her Aunt Marie Opault (Finneran) & her brother Andrew. 

Peter’s parents married in 1953, settled in Sunset Park, Brooklyn and in 1960 they moved to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn where they raised five children Thomas, Patrick Jr, Maureen, Joseph and the late Kevin.  Peter attended Our Lady of Angels grammar school & Fort Hamilton High School.  He started his Law Enforcement career with the New York City Transit Police in 1986. In 1995 he joined the NYPD with the merge of the 2 departments.  He recently retired from the NYPD Emergency Service Unit.  Peter is President of the Grand Council of United Emerald Societies. He is the Past President of the NYPD Emerald Society. He is also a member of the NYPD Holy Name Society, NYPD Honor Legion, & AOH Division #22.  Peter is married to Madeline (Smith) and has 2 children Peter Jr. and Victoria Patricia. They live in Bay Ridge Brooklyn, New York. 


2022 Big Irish Campfire