Pauline Wells

Pauline was born in Brighton and grew up in North Cambridge.  She attended high school at North Cambridge Catholic, then onto the University of Massachusetts earning a bachelor of arts in business, and a graduate degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Anna Maria College.

In 1993 Pauline joined the Cambridge Police Department. In 2003, she was promoted to Sergeant Detective. As a supervisor in the Major Case Unit, she devoted significant time overseeing Domestic Violence and Sex Offender Crimes.  In 2010 she was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Pauline has served as the Commanding officer the Court Prosecution Unit at the Middlesex County District Court in Medford, supervised Day Patrol Operations as well as Administrative Services.   She also serves at the police liaison to the Cambridge Women’s Commission.

Pauline is very active in charitable causes. She has competed annually in the world’s largest two day 190 mile charity bike event, the Pan Mass Challenge, since 2006 and will undertake her 12th ride in August of 2017.

Shortly after the attacks of September 11th 2001, Pauline taught herself to sing the National Anthem of the United States.  Her rendition today has been described by listeners as spirited and pure, and she is well known in the Boston area.  Two of her biggest supporters are veteran TV and Radio personality, Dan Rea of WBZ’s “Nightside” and Matt O’Donnell, longtime anchor of the “Irish Hit Parade” on Salem Radio’s WROL.

In 2006, Pauline was stricken with sudden acute hearing loss (AHL). This unknown virus would cause complete and permanent hearing loss in her left ear. While some thought her singing career would end, she has persevered.  She is very grateful to her longtime voice coach, the masterful Mr. Robert Honeysucker of the Longy School of Music in Cambridge.

Pauline only performs for civic and charitable events.   Since 2001, she has made well over 500 public appearances including Faneuil Hall, many Moving Vietnam Wall ceremonies, Harvard University, the State House, TD Garden, Gillette Stadium and three appearances at Fenway Park.

Pauline was privileged to perform inside Justice Square for the National Law Enforcement Memorial Candlelight Vigil in the US Capitol, Washington DC.

One of her most memorable presentations came in 2011 when she performed in uniform for the 9/11 memorial concert at Old Town Hall, New York City’s oldest theater for the performing arts.

She was extremely honored to return to Manhattan to sing this past September 11th at NYPD’s 15th 9/11 Anniversary concert before 2000 friends and families of the NYPD officers and Responders killed on that fateful day.

Since 2009 Pauline has been very fortunate to headline many charitable concerts, raising thousands of dollars supporting children with cancer, military veterans, and victims of homicide, foster children, the homeless, and the advocacy for abused kids.  For several years, Pauline has volunteered her time to perform at many United States Naturalization ceremonies, recognizing newly sworn American citizens.  She cherishes these musical opportunities and the incredible people she has met.

Her musical career has afforded her many fantastic opportunities to share the stage with a variety of musicians.  These artists include the celebrated New York City Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, Finbar Furey, the Boston Police Gaelic Column and the Artane Band of Dublin Ireland. She has a very close relationship with the local Boston band, Devri.  Her fondest appearances have been as a guest of the legendary Irish Tenor, Dr. Ronan Tynan. Pauline met Ronan several years ago in New York City and he has been a big influence on her musical career.

Pauline resides in Milton with her husband Richard and daughter Molly.

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