ARTHUR MASONIC LODGE #825 RECOGNIZES FIRST RESPONDERS. A dinner was held honoring fire, police, and EMS departments from Arthur, Atwood, and Lovington on November 17 at the Masonic Temple. Masons pictured that prepared and served the soup supper were (front row) Rick Fiala, Dave Bowers, Chaplain, and Rob Fustin, Worshipful Master. (Back row) John Schable, Steve Blucker, Senior Warden, and Greg Adams, Junior Warden. From 20 years ago during the September 11 attacks to the COVID-19 Global Pandemic, our first responders have always been the front line heroes of our communities.
It is safe to say in these current times, that many times, our ‘local heroes” are often overlooked. If asked, they will tell you they “are just doing their job”.
As part of the Scottish Rite’s fall campaign, the Arthur Masonic Lodge #825 A.F. & A.M. honored First Responders with a dinner on Wednesday, November 17 at the Masonic Temple. EMS, police, and fire members were recognized from Arthur, Atwood, and Lovington.
The program was meant to memorialize the 20th Anniversary of the 9/11/01 attacks on our country and also acknowledge those that have worked to keep our families safe during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Guest speaker was Scott McClure from Springfield, IL. Currently he is the Supervisor of Security for Horace Mann Insurance and a member of the Riverton Fire Department. McClure was in the Air Force for eleven years and served in Desert Storm and is an IHSA football and volleyball official. No stranger to Arthur, he and his family come every fall to visit The Great Pumpkin Patch, shop downtown Arthur, and eat at Yoder’s Kitchen as well as officiating games for the school district over the years.
Dave Bowers presented the presiding officers from each company with official First Responder Challenge Coins to be given to the heroes within their departments as representation of their dedicated service.