Paddy Neville is a retired FDNY Lieutenant currently living in Garrision, New York. He was among the first firemen that responded to the fallen twin towers on 9/11 and spent the next five months in lower Manhattan assisting with the relief efforts. Diminished lung capacity (directly related to his 9/11 efforts) lead to his early retirement after 18 years of dedicated service.
In addition to his civic service, Paddy has worked as a skilled carpenter, mason and heavy equipment operator. These trade skills have served him well in two different areas: the US Navy and service organizations. In 1997, Paddy joined the US Naval reserves and was deployed to Kuwait and Iraq in February 2003 where he spent eight months as a combat engineer with a US Navy Seabee Unit. For the past several years, Paddy has worked on a number of reconstruction projects that benefitted either residents devastated by natural disasters or veterans sustaining life altering combat injuries.
Paddy continues to serve his fellow veterans through VFW Post 12033 and is married with two children.
Patrick Neville - President
Sal resides in Slidell, LA and has been with the St. Bernard Parish fire department is Louisiana for over 18 years, where he was named fireman of the year in 2014. In addition to serving his local community as a captain, Sal ran his own framing company for 23 years before turning the reigns over to his talented son, Ricky. His construction management skills are invaluable to A Soldier's Journey Home.
Sal's passion for serving others in times of need started with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in his home state. Working with other organizations, he participated in construction projects in several other states, including Arkansas, Georgia and Tennessee. His "pay it forward" attitude towards injured veterans comes from his father who served in the US Navy. He believes that we must help those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.
Sal has been married to his wife Laura for 32 years and has two sons.
Sal Cetrone - Vice President
Scotty has been in public service for over 25 years. After growing up in Louisiana, he joined in the US Air Force in 1990 and served for two years. Later, he moved to Augusta, Georgia, and followed in his father's footsteps, joining the local fire department. After more than twenty years of service, Scotty knows that he has made the right career choice.
In 2010, he worked on a build project in Mena, Arkansas and from there, his charitable service career took off. He's worked on construction and relief projects in Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana and Tennessee. In the Dalton, Georgia project he was referred to as "one of 14 angels walking down a driveway." He continues to be motivated by the plight of injured veterans and has dedicated himself to assisting other veterans in need.
Jake Case is a Firefighter with the Chattanooga Fire Department, He has been with the CFD for 10 years. He was raised in Trenton, Georgia just outside of Chattanooga,Tennessee. Jake is an active member and Recording Secretary with the IAFF Local 820 in Chattanooga. He comes from a long line of firefighters in the Chattanooga Fire Department. His great-grandfather started in 1928 and Jake followed his father and grandfather into the family business to make him a fourth generation firefighter with the CFD.
Jake is an experienced construction worker which he puts to use in many service projects with the CFD, IAFF 820 and also A Soldier's Journey Home. In May of 2015, along with 15 other CFD firefighters, Jake met the core group that would become ASJH while building Jason Smith's home outside Chattanooga. He believes in helping others which is a principle that was passed down to him from his parents.
Jake has been married to his wife Cara for eight years and they have one daughter Hannah who is 6. They live in Chattanooga,TN.
Eric's volunteer work began in a valley in Iowa where he met up with other First Responders from all over the country to build a chapel. Since that first build he has volunteered on projects in Arkansas, Georgia, North Dakota, New York, Oklahoma, Alabama, Tennessee, Illinois, as well as in his home state of Louisiana.
Eric has served the citizens of his home town of Slidell, Louisiana as a fire fighter for over 26 years. He worked to the rank of Captain while serving on Rescue 11. After close to 20 years in fire suppression, he transferred to the fire department's Training Division where he currently serves as a Training Officer. He is also a member of his department's Honor Guard.
Eric resides in Slidell with his two sons Logan and Blakely.