July 30, 2020

BARNSTABLE – Steve Xiarhos, Republican candidate for State Representative in the Fifth Barnstable District, announced today that his campaign has received the endorsement of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts.

“The over 12,000 members of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts (PFFM) are proud to endorse you for State Representative,” said Rich MacKinnon, Jr., President of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts, in a letter to Xiarhos announcing the endorsement.

“As a Gold Star father and former Deputy Chief of Police, you have a deep understanding of public service and the immense personal sacrifice that sometimes occurs while serving,” MacKinnon continued. “You understand how important public safety is to the communities of the Commonwealth. We look forward to you bringing those values and perspective to Beacon Hill. The Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts are proud to support those who support us.”

“I am enormously humbled and honored to receive the endorsement of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts, and I am grateful for their support,” said Xiarhos. “Like our police officers, fire fighters serve an incredibly important role in our community with dedication and integrity. They put in long hours away from home and their families, doing dangerous and stressful work, all in the name of keeping us safe. Far too often, our elected officials forget about our honorable first responders and fail to credit their commitment to public safety and their sacrifice – or, even worse, they turn their back on them. That is unacceptable. I believe first responders are heroes, and their professionalism deserves our appreciation and support. As a State Representative, I will always have their back.”

About the PFFM

The Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts represents over 12,000 union fire fighters from across Massachusetts. First organized in 1945, the organization is affiliated with the International Association of Fire Fighters, AFL-CIO CLC.

About Steven Xiarhos

Steven Xiarhos is a resident of Barnstable and a Republican candidate for State Representative in the Fifth Barnstable District.

Steve spent forty years serving the people of Cape Cod as a member of the Yarmouth Police Department, retiring in late 2019 from the position of Deputy Chief of Police. Throughout his career, Steve attended numerous specialized training courses and is a graduate of the Babson College Command Training Course and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar. He is the recipient of 22 various police department awards and decorations including Officer of the Year, Yarmouth Area Chamber of Commerce Person of the Year, Rotary Club of Yarmouth Vocational Service Award, Mothers Against Drunk Driving Officer of the Year, and the Barnstable County Human Rights Commission Rosenthal Award.

Steve also remains active in many charitable and civic causes. This includes, but is not limited to, the Nicholas G. Xiarhos Memorial Fund (which was created in memory of Steve’s son, Nick, who was a Marine killed in combat in Afghanistan in 2009). Currently, Steve serves on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Iraq and Afghanistan Fallen Heroes Memorial Fund and the Massachusetts Military Support Foundation; as well as a Volunteer for Wounded Warrior Project Cape Cod Soldier Ride.


Steve Xiarhos is proud to have his candidacy for State Representative endorsed publicly by:

  • State Representative Randy Hunt (R – 5th Barnstable District)
  • State Representative Tim Whelan (R – 1st Barnstable District)
  • State Representative Will Crocker (R – 2nd Barnstable District)
  • State Representative David Vieira (R – 3rd Barnstable District)
  • Barnstable County Sheriff James M. Cummings
  • Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph McDonald
  • Jeff Perry (former State Rep. and Cape Cod Republican activist)
  • Barnstable Town Councilor Matthew Levesque
  • The Massachusetts Police Association
  • The Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts
  • The Massachusetts Coalition of Police
  • The Fraternal Order of Police
  • The New England Police Benevolent Association
  • Bob Avila, Sandwich Resident and Owner of Captain John Boats

For more information about Steve Xiarhos and his campaign, please visit his Website, www.Xiarhosforrep.com.

About the Fifth Barnstable District

The Fifth Barnstable District in the Massachusetts Houses of Representatives consists of the entire town of Sandwich, plus precincts 11 and 12 in Barnstable, precincts 1, 2, and 7 in Bourne, and precinct 9 in Plymouth.

The Republican primary is Tuesday, September 1. The general election is on November 3.