The Downingtown Fire Dept. was invited to attend a ceremony to honor first responders from Downingtown at the Williamson Masonic Lodge No. 309 F. A & M.
The event was coordinated by Coatesville Fire Dept. EMS Chief Scott Thornton, who is a member of the Williamson Lodge. The Worshipful Master Daniel Hughes presided at the event and spoke about the similarities of Free Masons and emergency responders. He then read the origins of where the first responder community began. First, was the background of the fire service which then led into the EMS history and followed by the history of the modern police departments. The Worshipful Master then commented about what it takes, the dedication, the personal self-calling and the courage to be a first responder in the world today. The Williamson Lodge emphasized and reminded us, that they fully support all of the members of the Downingtown Fire and Police Dept’s. He encouraged the members of the lodge to stop-by or pick-up the phone and to just say thank you to the first responders for putting their lives on the line, so others may continue to be safe.
The service then concluded with a check presentation to each, the Alert Fire Co. No. 1, Minquas Fire Co. No. 2, Minquas EMS and the Downingtown Police Dept.
The Downingtown Fire Dept. would like to thank the Williamson Masonic Lodge No. 309 for inviting us to this ceremony, the donation and honoring those who serve the Good Neighbor Community.
Link to the Williamson Lodge 309 Website: http://www.williamsonlodge309.org/
In the photo below are: Front Row – Scott Thornton, Glenn Heininger, Bob Stevens, Vince Panetti. Back Row – Ken Boyd, Tom Lee, Dan Hughes, Jeff Stevens.