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Three Pillars receives Fire Suppression Tool

Brother Travis Debban presents a Fire Suppression Tool (FST) to Three Pillars Senior Living Communities. The donation is made possible by the Masonic Wisconsin Masonic Foundation charity, working with local lodges as part of their “Acts of Kindness” initiatives. With an initial donation from the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation, fire suppression tools were purchased and over 370 have been distributed throughout the state. From left: Duane Bunting, Larry Nines, Travis Debban, Dave Renly, and Three Pillars CEO Mark Strautman, Glenn Shong

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7 Emergency Jump Bags Donated to Wisconsin State Patrol

At the recent District 4 Fall meeting, Freemasons of Northeast Wisconsin proudly presented seven emergency jump bags to the Wisconsin State Patrol at the Beja Masonic Building in Green Bay, Wisconsin. These life-saving kits contain Zoll automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and an innovative fire suppression tool (FST) from Fire Suppression Solutions LLC. Sgt. Dan Diedrich (pictured above), from the regional office of the State Patrol, received these bags and expressed his gratitude, knowing they’ll be distributed across Northeast Wisconsin. The

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Lake Masonic Lodge of Milwaukee Donates FST to Waterford Police

The Freemasons of Milwaukee’s Lake Lodge #189 recently donated a Fire Suppression Tool (FST) to the Waterford Police Department. Pictured above are members of the Waterford Police Department on the left along with Lodge Master Grant Walden and (far right) Junior Grand Deacon Jeff Thiele, who also serves as Junior Warden of Lake Lodge. At the presentation ceremony, the Lodge Brothers underscored their commitment to supporting first responders throughout the state. “As a community-driven organization, we believe in doing our

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Lodi Valley Freemasons Present FSTs, Donation to Local Fire Departments

Lodi Valley Masonic Lodge No. 99 donated Fire Suppression Devices (FSTs) obtained through Wisconsin Masonic Foundation’s “Acts of Kindness” program to the Lodi and Dane Fire Departments last month. These were the third and fourth FSTs the Lodi Freemasons has presented this year, the first two going to the Black Earth and Mazomanie fire departments. Pictured above, Lodi Valley Master Roger Haarklau and Brothers Karl Markgraf, Seth Markgraf and Michael Thumm journeyed to Dane to present Fire Chief Denman Breunig

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Oregon Masons Partner with Fire Department to Host Easter Egg Hunt

A huge crowd turned out for an Easter Egg Hunt hosted by the Oregon Lodge and Oregon Fire Department on April 8th. In fact, the photo above represents less than a quarter of all the total participants! There were four different age groups who gathered up over 4,500 eggs in 15 minutes. Parents and kids had a lot of fun and it was a great way to bring the community together and partner with their local first responders. The event

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Washington County Fire Suppression Tools ‘Saved Property’ During House Fire

By Christina Van Zelst, April 30, 2023 8:08PM, FOX6 News Milwaukee CLICK HERE for video of news story: https://www.fox6now.com/news/washington-county-fire-suppression-tools-saved-property-during-house-fire ADDISON, Wis. – Flames and smoke took over the basement of a house in Washington County, April 24, but from the outside, you’d never know. A special fire suppression tool saved the home. “I got visible flames in the basement,” a first responder said. “Looks like it’s filled with smoke.” On the morning of April 24, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to a house

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Burlington Police Receive Life-Saving Gift from Burlington Masons

Brothers of Burlington Lodge No. 28 presented a state-of-the-art Fire Suppression Tool (FST) to Police Chief Brian Zmudzinski and the Burlington Police Department on March 16th. The police officers were very appreciative of the gift, as oftentimes they are the first to arrive on the scene of a fire. Having a tool like this in their squad car will help extinguish the fire much more rapidly, saving lives, pets, and property. Making this generous gift, from left: Jan Talaga, PM;

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“Acts of Kindness” Reverberates Through Tomah Community

As we reported earlier this month, Wisconsin Masons have donated over 325 Fire Suppression Tools to community First Responders throughout the state. These donations have been made possible by a generous gift from the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation through the “Acts of Kindness”program. Of those, 8 have already been used in fire situations from Shawano County to Lincoln County to Tomah. “[T]he Tomah Police Department successfully deployed their donated FST at the scene of a house fire in their community. This is

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Hometown Masons Donate FST to Onalaska Fire Department

Onalaska Masonic Lodge No. 214 recently presented a Fire Suppression Tool (FST) to Onalaska Fire Department. The donation was yet another example of the Masonic Lodge’s involvement in their community. Pictured above from left: Senior Warden Ron Lamkin, Secretary Wes Hurlburt, Deputy Chief Les Norin, Junior Deacon Dave Hendrickson, and Onalaska Firemen: Ty Edwards, Cory Taylor, Matt Heberlein, Jason Veldboom and Peter Coppola.  Thank you to the brave first responders of the Onalaska Fire Department – and thank you to

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Masons of Milwaukee-Harmony Present FST to Non-Profit Kathy’s House

Milwaukee-Harmony Lodge No. 261 Brothers Josef Pronnet (left) and Master Garrett Butenhoff present a state-of-the-art Fire Suppression Tool (FST) to Kathy’s House President and CEO, Patty Metropulos.  Kathy’s House is a nonprofit 501(c)3 hospital guest house committed to providing affordable lodging and caring support in a “home away from home” environment for families who need to travel to Milwaukee for medical care.  Since 2001, Kathy’s House has helped more than 17,000 out-of-town patients to access-needed medical care in Milwaukee. Their story

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WI Masons Donate More Than 325 Fire Suppression Tools – 8 Already Used!

From our partners and friends at Fire Suppression Solutions: “Fire Suppression Solutions is proud to share that communities across the State of Wisconsin are starting to see the benefits of our partnership with the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation and local Masonic Lodges. More than 325 Fire Suppression Tools (FSTs) have been donated by Wisconsin Freemasons to Police and Fire Departments throughout the state. Additionally, in less than twelve months from the initial donation, eight of these FST’s have been successfully deployed,

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Lodi Masonic Lodge Donates to Black Earth Fire Department

by The Star News, Black Earth, February 23, 2023 Lodi Valley Masonic Lodge #99 on Tuesday, Feb 14 donated a portable Fire Suppression Tool (FST) to the Black Earth Joint Fire District Fire Department. The device is designed to suppress a fire that is still contained within a structure. It can be deployed by first responders and is designed to control a fire in the all-important early stage. The $950 unit was provided to the Lodi Lodge, which merged several

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Winneconne Masonic Lodge Donates Life-Saving Tool

The Freemasons of Winneconne Lodge No. 186 donated a Fire Suppression Tool to the Winneconne Police Department in late January.  The interim police chief accepted the generous donation and thanked the Lodge and Lodge members for their partnership and support. Pictured above from left: Winneconne Masonic Lodge Brothers Nate Ihrig (Senior Warden) and Jack Wirch (Master) present the life-saving device to Interim Police Chief Ben Sauriol.  Submitted by Bro. Jack Wirch

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Prairie du Chien Lodge Presents FST to Boscobel Police

The Brethren of Prairie du Chien Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Wisconsin presented the Boscobel Police Department with a state-of-the-art GreenPort Portable Fire Suppression Tool on February 13th at a presentation held at the Boscobel Police Station.   The Boscobel Masonic Lodge had been a part of the community prior to merging with the Fennimore Lodge in 2002. The Fennimore Lodge then merged with the Prairie du Chien Masonic Lodge in October 2021. The Lodge Brethren has also presented one

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Eagle River and Rhinelander Lodges Present 7 FSTs

Members of Eagle River Freemasons Lodge No. 248 and Rhinelander Freemasons Lodge No. 242, working with the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation, presented seven Fire Suppression Tools to northwoods fire departments that are greatly understaffed. The recipients included Pelican, Pine Lake, Little Rice, Monico, Fire District Alpha, Crescent, and Cassian fire rescue departments. These departments are responsible for providing fire and EMS calls for a large portion of Oneida County, Wisconsin. These are all departments that have mutual aid agreements due to

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Barnes Brethren Support Solon Springs Volunteer Fire Department

The Brethren of Barnes Masonic Lodge No. 365 in Iron River, Wisconsin recently presented the Solon Springs Volunteer Fire Department with a state-of-the-art GreenPort Portable Fire Suppression Tool.  These small devices fit in the trunk of a squad car or other first responder vehicles and can dramatically reduce fire and water damage in enclosures like houses, garages, stores, or sheds. They are lightweight and easy to deploy: just “pull the pin and throw it in” and within 35 seconds, the

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Franklin Lodge Presents Life-Saving FST to Lone Rock Fire Department

The Brothers of Franklin Masonic Lodge No. 16 in Lone Rock, Wisconsin recently donated another Fire Suppression Tool to the Lone Rock Fire Department. Small, all volunteer fire departments like the one in Lone Rock are especially appreciative of getting these life-saving, firefighting tools.  The Fire Suppression Tool is a state-of-the-art device about the size of a briefcase, making it easy to store in the trunk of a squad car or emergency jump vehicle. Once deployed into a structure on

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Chetek Masonic Lodge Supports Dallas Fire Dept

The Brothers of Chetek Masonic Lodge No. 277, partnering with the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation’s “Acts of Kindness” program, recently donated a Fire Suppression Tool to the Dallas/Sioux Creek Fire Department.  Pictured from left: Safety Officer Jonny Fowler; Brothers Jim Sells and Jim Olson; Chief Aaron Grant; Brothers Darryl Dahl, Tom Nicolaides, and Jim Toman; and Assistant Chief Joel Myers.  The Brothers of Chetek Lodge are proud partners with their local first responders! Submitted by Bro. James Toman

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WSAW: Merrill Freemasons Donate Fire Suppression Tool

By Alicia Schumacher Published: Jan. 31, 2023 at 11:53 PM EST MERRILL, Wis. (WSAW) – Lincoln County officials now have another new tool to fight fires. On Tuesday, the Merrill Freemasons donated a fire suppression tool to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department. The tools are thrown into a fire and release a chemical gas to quickly drop the temperature of the fire. This unit is the 13th in the Merrill and Antigo areas to be donated. The Freemasons say it’s important for

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Perseverance 1836 Lodge Provides State-of-the-Art Firefighting Tool

The Brothers of Perseverance 1836 Masonic Lodge No. 366 donated a Fire Suppression Tool to the Town of Hamburg Volunteer Fire Department.  The Lodge, based in District 7’s Mazomanie, meets throughout the state of Wisconsin and holds several “campouts” during the year where the Brothers live the way our Brothers would have lived in 1836. This usually includes a winter campout – which, as it sounds, is camping and cooking outside during the Wisconsin winter months. This year’s campout was

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Crandon Lodge Presents FSTs to Forest County Sheriff, Local Rescue Squad

Submitted by Brother Boyd Monte  The Brethren of Crandon Masonic Lodge No. 287 donated a second portable fire suppression tool (FST) in Forest County on February 6th to the Forest County Sheriff’s Office. The first unit was presented to the Laona/Wabeno Rescue Squad in August.  Pictured above is the most recent donation, with Crandon Lodge Brother DJ Huddleston presenting the FST to Forest County Sheriff Jeff Marvin. Both first responders were appreciative to receive the state-of-the-art fire suppression tools. They

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Crandon Masons Make Community Ornaments

By Brother DJ Huddleston  Like other Brethren throughout our state, Brothers in Crandon Masonic Lodge No. 287 are trying to find innovative and cost effective ways to promote Masonry and recognize their Brethren both within the Lodge and throughout our community. With the support of the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation, the Crandon Lodge has recently been able to get press coverage for donating a Fire Suppression Tool to one of their local EMT-Fire Rescue Units and provided a significant scholarship to

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Brookfield Masonic Lodge Presents Fire Suppression Tool

The Freemasons of Brookfield Masonic Lodge No. 370 donated a state-of-the-art Fire Suppression Tool to the New Berlin Fire Department.  This donation of this innovative fire fighting tool was made possible through a grant from the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation’s “Acts of Kindness” program. This device, when deployed into a structure on fire, will emit a nonhazardous aerosol that will extinguish the fire within seconds. The Freemasons of Brookfield Masonic Lodge believe this tool will undoubtedly help save lives, pets, and

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Building Better Communities Through Wisconsin Masonic Foundation’s Acts of Kindness

By Brother Peter Tourville, President, Wisconsin Masonic Foundation  Greetings and thank you for your support on behalf of the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation (WMF). 2022 brought a lot of changes to the WMF and how we are helping Freemasons build better communities in Wisconsin through Acts of Kindness.  The Wisconsin Masonic Foundation Acts of Kindness program is making a difference locally and becoming recognizable outside our Fraternity. The Acts of Kindness Fire Suppression Tool (FST) program allowed Freemasons to donate 300

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Rock River Masonic Lodge Donates Fire Suppression Tool to Hustisford Police

The Freemasons of Rock River Masonic Lodge No. 108 presented the Hustisford Police Department with a Fire Suppression Tool on January 5th at the Hustisford Police Department. In the photo above, Rock River Masonic Lodge Brother Josh Presher presents the innovative life-saving device to Hustisford Police Department Chief Gregory Kaepernick.  Submitted by Brother Randy Thorman

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Lodi Masonic Lodge Donates Critically Important Fire Fighting Device to Mazomanie

The Brethren of Lodi Valley Masonic Lodge donated a state-of-the-art Fire Suppression Tool to the nearby Mazomanie Fire Department. The Brethren of Lodi Lodge are proud partners with the first responders in their area. Lodi Valley Lodge Number 99 has deep roots in Mazomanie with the Lodge having members from the area due to several Lodge mergers years back. The Lodi Brethren still ensure that the Mazomanie community continues to receive their aid and support. The Fire Suppression Tool is

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Brother Gregory Dobbins, head of the Henry S. Baird Lodge No. 174 Charities Committee, presents a check for $500 to Sydney Tlachac Director of Social & Emotional Learning with the Boys & Girls Club of Door County. 

Henry S. Baird Masonic Lodge Supports The Boys and Girls Club of Door County

Brother Gregory Dobbins, head of the Henry S. Baird Lodge Number 174 Charities Committee, presents a check for $500 to Sydney Tlachac Director of Social & Emotional Learning with the Boys & Girls Club of Door County.  The money was used for their Christmas outreach program and their “basic needs closet” for area residents in need.  The Sturgeon Bay-based Masonic Lodge is a proud partner of this important community organization. The Brethren at Henry S Baird Lodge have been very

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Pictured from left: PGM Gary L. Stang, Troy Baier, Andy Roggenback, Jarod Zweifelhofer, Bill Bleskacek, Scott Tillotson, David Olson, Curt Harrison, Leonard Shier, Ron Malcolm, Neil Liljander and Neil Hanson. 

Bloomer Masonic Lodge Donates Life-Saving Device to Bloomer Fire Department

The Freemasons of Bloomer Masonic Lodge No. 281 recently donated a Fire Suppression Tool (FST) to the Bloomer Fire Department. These FSTs are literal lifesaving devices – able to greatly suppress or even fully extinguish a burning structure within 30-60 seconds after deployment. Pictured from left: PGM Gary L. Stang, Troy Baier, Andy Roggenback, Jarod Zweifelhofer, Bill Bleskacek, Scott Tillotson, David Olson, Curt Harrison, Leonard Shier, Ron Malcolm, Neil Liljander and Neil Hanson.  The fire department was very appreciative to

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Pictured rom left: Kyle Killian, Jeff Killian, Bill Lee, Scott Hazeltine, George Jordan, Jerrod Fox, Dan Retzlaff. 

Columbus Masonic Lodge Presents Fire Suppression Tool to Their Fire Department 

Columbus Masonic Lodge No. 75 recently presented a Fire Suppression Tool to the Columbus Fire Department. The Brothers of Columbus Lodge have a lengthy history of supporting their area first responders and are proud to provide their local fire department with another firefighting tool in their arsenal. The Fire Suppression Tool is designed to greatly suppress and even fully extinguish a fire within a burning structure or vehicle. They are a critically important tool in house fires, especially those in

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From left: Samuel Schwer, Chris Kreul, Tom Parrish, Fennimore Police Chief Chris French, Master Ken Meyer and Monte Steiber.

Prairie du Chien Masonic Lodge Presents Fire Fighting Equipment to Fennimore Police Department

Prairie du Chien Masonic Lodge No. 8 presented a state-of-the-art Fire Suppression Tool (FST) to the Fennimore Police Department last month at the Fennimore Municipal Building. The donation underscores the relationship Prairie du Chien has with nearby Fennimore – and the Lodge’s desire to make a positive difference throughout their entire region. Oftentimes, in rural areas of the state, the first responders to arrive on the scene of a fire can be the local police department. Having a firefighting tool

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Photoed from left: Brother Gregory Dobbins, Fire Captain Meyer, Fire Chief Mac Donald, District Representative Mitch Custer, Village President Mike McCutchen, and Brother Andy Buecher. 

Sturgeon Bay Masonic Lodge Presents Lifesaving Tool to Ephraim Fire Department

Henry S. Baird Lodge No. 174, located in Sturgeon Bay, presented a Fire Suppression Tool (FST) to the Ephraim Fire Department last month at the Ephraim Firehouse. We posted another donation made by the generous Brothers of this Lodge earlier this month as they donated two other fire suppression tools, one to the Algoma Police Department and the other to the Algoma Fire Department. The tools are being offered to Lodges as part of the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation’s “Acts of

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Pictured from left: Grand Tiler LeRoy Huber, Senior Warden; DR Robert Barnett, Master; Officer Aaron Johnson; and Sergeant Jessica Rittenhouse. 

Union Masonic Lodge Presents Fire Suppression Tool to Evansville Police Department

Union Masonic Lodge No. 32 in Evansville recently presented a Fire Suppression Tool (FST) to the Evansville Police Department. The Masons of this Lodge are so proud to partner with their first responders – and this generous gift from the Lodge will help make their community safer. The FST device is designed to be tossed into a burning building or vehicle and emit a nonhazardous aerosol that can greatly suppress or even fully extinguish a fire in 30-60 seconds. The

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Pictured from left: Senior Deacon Jason Hayden, Master Richard Brommer, Fire Chief Jamey King, Firefighter Don Hayden, Senior Warden Mike Hayden, Secretary/Treasurer Mike Hunter and Firefighter Mark Poeschel.

Durand Masonic Lodge Presents Innovative Firefighting Tool to Their Fire Department

The Brothers of Durand Masonic Lodge No. 149 recently donated a fire suppression tool (FST) to the Durand Fire Department. The presentation and accompanying demonstration video left a great impression on the Department – and they were very appreciative of the gift.  Picture from left: Senior Deacon Jason Hayden, Master Richard Brommer, Fire Chief Jamey King, Firefighter Don Hayden, Senior Warden Mike Hayden, Secretary/Treasurer Mike Hunter and Firefighter Mark Poeschel.  Masons around Wisconsin have a long history of supporting their

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Pictured from left: Ivan Melendez, Shaun Dade, Jason Zasada, Master Brett Krause, Chief Joseph Balog, Andy Willet, Keith Redell and Gerald Steinke. 

Geneva Masonic Lodge Presents Fire Suppression Tool to Genoa Police Department

Geneva Masonic Lodge No. 44 of Lake Geneva presented a state-of-the-art Fire Suppression Tool (FST) to the Chief of Police Joseph Balog of the Village of Genoa City Police Department on December 17th. Pictured from left: Ivan Melendez, Shaun Dade, Jason Zasada, Master Brett Krause, Chief Joseph Balog, Andy Willet, Keith Redell and Gerald Steinke.  The Brothers of the Lodge are proud partners and supporters of their area first responders. This device will travel in a squad car as a

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Oconto’s Pine Masonic Lodge Supports Their First Responders

Pine Masonic Lodge No. 188 of Oconto presented the Oconto Fire Department with a portable Fire Suppression Tool (FST). The firemen were invited for dinner and fellowship – and told about the innovative tool they now have in their fire-fighting arsenal with this FST.  The device was made possible through a generous grant from the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation‘s “Acts of Kindness” program and dovetails with the pride and support the Lodge has for its area first responders. Pictured from left:

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Sturgeon Bay’s HS Baird Masonic Lodge Presents Life-Saving Tools to Algoma Police and Fire

Henry S. Baird Masonic Lodge No. 174, Sturgeon Bay, present a Fire Suppression Tool to both the Algoma Police and Fire Department at the Algoma Fire Station. The first responders were very appreciative of the devices, as they are designed to quickly extinguish a building or vehicle on fire. Pictured from left: District Representative Mitch Custer, Algoma Police Chief Randy Remiker, Algoma Fire Chief Tom Ackerman and Bros. Andy Buechner, Gregory Dobbins and Junior Warden Ben Miller, all of Henry

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Mineral Point Masonic Lodge Donates Fire Suppression Tools to Their Fire and Police Departments

By Levi Zimmerman The Mineral Point Fire and Police Departments will both have new fire suppression tools thanks to donations made by the Mineral Point Masonic Lodge. On Monday night, Fire Chief Brian Marr and Police Chief Bob Weier met with some of the Freemasons to be presented the donations. The fire suppression tool (FST) is reportedly a highly effective, environmentally safe aerosol fire suppression solution that can be activated after pulling a pin and throwing it into an active

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Wisconsin Rapids Masonic Lodge Hosts Firefighter Appreciation Event, Donates Seven Fire Suppression Tools

Wisconsin Rapids Masonic Lodge No. 128 held a Firefighter Appreciation Event on October 6, for all seven area Fire Departments. The Departments from Wisconsin Rapids, Grand Rapids, Nekoosa, Rudolf, Vesper, and Village of Biron attended. The Village of Port Edwards was unable to attend but will be presented with their Fire Suppression Tool (FST) unit separately. The event began with social time where all of the Fire Chiefs were able to connect with each other as they seldom have a

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New Richmond Masonic Lodge Gifts Life-Saving Tool to Community

New Richmond Masonic Lodge No. 195 presented a Fire Suppression Tool to the Apple River Fire Department at Range on October 18th. The following Lodge members were present: Loren Barnes, Mike Bessette, Chad Fonseca, Anthony Rives, Sam Christenson, Dan Hagerty and Larry Riemenschneider – as well as several Lodge Ladies, including Silvanna Rives and Julie Riemenschneider.  The presentation underscored the partnership Masons have with their area first responders. The New Richmond Masonic Lodge was proud to present this device to

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Village of Waukesha Fire Department Receives Fire Suppression Tool From Nathan Hale Masonic Lodge

Brother Chris Villarreal, Master of Nathan Hale Masonic Lodge No. 350 in Milwaukee, recently presented a Fire Suppression Tool (FST) to the Village of Waukesha Fire Department. The Department is planning on placing this life-saving tool on their front line ambulance, since it responds to approximately 85% of the calls in the Village of Waukesha.  Pictured from right: FF/EMT Sami Rogman, FF/EMT Abbey Lynch, FF/EMT Tylar Nelson, Nathan Hale Master Chris Villarreal, Assistant Fire Chief Andrew Stolldorf and DO/EMT Ryan

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LaBelle Lodge Presents Fire Suppression Tool to Vernon County Sheriff

LaBelle Lodge No. 84, Viroqua, presented a Fire Suppression Tool (FST) to the Vernon County Sheriff’s Department on Oct. 19. In the photo above, Lodge Master Dan Iverson presents the FST to Vernon County Deputy Roy Togerson.  LaBelle Lodge is a proud partner with and an active supporter of their local first responders. The Brothers made this generous gift, possible through a grant from the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation’s “Acts of Kindness” program, as a way to help the Vernon County

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Jackson Police Receive Two Fire Suppression Tools from Lincoln Masonic Lodge

Lincoln Masonic Lodge No. 183 donated two Fire Suppression Tools (FSTs) to the Jackson Police during the Fire Department’s open house on Oct. 12th. Many people in the community were there to see the presentation.  The FSTs were presented to the police as they are often the first on the scene of a fire or an emergency. These state-of-the-art devices will travel in the Jackson Police squad vehicles the patrol the community, making them at-the-ready for use in a building

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Bayfield-Washburn Masonic Lodge Presents Four Fire Suppression Tools

The Brothers of Bayfield-Washburn Masonic Lodge No. 215 presented the Police Departments of Red Cliff, Bayfield, LaPointe, and Washburn each with a state-of-the-art Fire Suppression Tool (FST). The FSTs help to quickly suppress and extinguish fires in enclosed spaces – and were presented to the Police Departments, as they are typically the emergency responders first to the scene of a fire, accident, or other emergency that might necessitate the use of such a device. Pictured in the photo from left:

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Washington Island Fire Department Receives Life-Saving Fire Fighting Tool from Milwaukee’s Freemasons Lodge

A Fire Suppression Tool (FST) was donated to the Washington Island Fire Department on Sept. 25th, by Brother David Alderfer, longtime Washington Island resident, on behalf of Freemasons Lodge No. 363 in Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation’s Acts of Kindness. Participating in presenting the FST was Brother Bob Roth, Freemasons Lodge, who is a long-time visitor to the Island and friend of the Alderfers.  Washington Island, Wisconsin is five miles by four miles in area, with about 700 full

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Three Pillars receives Fire Suppression Tool

Brother Travis Debban presents a Fire Suppression Tool (FST) to Three Pillars Senior Living Communities. The donation is made possible by the Masonic Wisconsin Masonic Foundation charity, working with local lodges as part of their “Acts of Kindness” initiatives. With an initial donation from the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation, fire suppression tools were purchased and over 370 have been distributed throughout the state. From left: Duane Bunting, Larry Nines, Travis Debban, Dave Renly, and Three Pillars CEO Mark Strautman, Glenn Shong

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7 Emergency Jump Bags Donated to Wisconsin State Patrol

At the recent District 4 Fall meeting, Freemasons of Northeast Wisconsin proudly presented seven emergency jump bags to the Wisconsin State Patrol at the Beja Masonic Building in Green Bay, Wisconsin. These life-saving kits contain Zoll automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and an innovative fire suppression tool (FST) from Fire Suppression Solutions LLC. Sgt. Dan Diedrich (pictured above), from the regional office of the State Patrol, received these bags and expressed his gratitude, knowing they’ll be distributed across Northeast Wisconsin. The

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Lake Masonic Lodge of Milwaukee Donates FST to Waterford Police

The Freemasons of Milwaukee’s Lake Lodge #189 recently donated a Fire Suppression Tool (FST) to the Waterford Police Department. Pictured above are members of the Waterford Police Department on the left along with Lodge Master Grant Walden and (far right) Junior Grand Deacon Jeff Thiele, who also serves as Junior Warden of Lake Lodge. At the presentation ceremony, the Lodge Brothers underscored their commitment to supporting first responders throughout the state. “As a community-driven organization, we believe in doing our

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Lodi Valley Freemasons Present FSTs, Donation to Local Fire Departments

Lodi Valley Masonic Lodge No. 99 donated Fire Suppression Devices (FSTs) obtained through Wisconsin Masonic Foundation’s “Acts of Kindness” program to the Lodi and Dane Fire Departments last month. These were the third and fourth FSTs the Lodi Freemasons has presented this year, the first two going to the Black Earth and Mazomanie fire departments. Pictured above, Lodi Valley Master Roger Haarklau and Brothers Karl Markgraf, Seth Markgraf and Michael Thumm journeyed to Dane to present Fire Chief Denman Breunig

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Oregon Masons Partner with Fire Department to Host Easter Egg Hunt

A huge crowd turned out for an Easter Egg Hunt hosted by the Oregon Lodge and Oregon Fire Department on April 8th. In fact, the photo above represents less than a quarter of all the total participants! There were four different age groups who gathered up over 4,500 eggs in 15 minutes. Parents and kids had a lot of fun and it was a great way to bring the community together and partner with their local first responders. The event

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Washington County Fire Suppression Tools ‘Saved Property’ During House Fire

By Christina Van Zelst, April 30, 2023 8:08PM, FOX6 News Milwaukee CLICK HERE for video of news story: https://www.fox6now.com/news/washington-county-fire-suppression-tools-saved-property-during-house-fire ADDISON, Wis. – Flames and smoke took over the basement of a house in Washington County, April 24, but from the outside, you’d never know. A special fire suppression tool saved the home. “I got visible flames in the basement,” a first responder said. “Looks like it’s filled with smoke.” On the morning of April 24, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to a house

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Burlington Police Receive Life-Saving Gift from Burlington Masons

Brothers of Burlington Lodge No. 28 presented a state-of-the-art Fire Suppression Tool (FST) to Police Chief Brian Zmudzinski and the Burlington Police Department on March 16th. The police officers were very appreciative of the gift, as oftentimes they are the first to arrive on the scene of a fire. Having a tool like this in their squad car will help extinguish the fire much more rapidly, saving lives, pets, and property. Making this generous gift, from left: Jan Talaga, PM;

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“Acts of Kindness” Reverberates Through Tomah Community

As we reported earlier this month, Wisconsin Masons have donated over 325 Fire Suppression Tools to community First Responders throughout the state. These donations have been made possible by a generous gift from the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation through the “Acts of Kindness”program. Of those, 8 have already been used in fire situations from Shawano County to Lincoln County to Tomah. “[T]he Tomah Police Department successfully deployed their donated FST at the scene of a house fire in their community. This is

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Hometown Masons Donate FST to Onalaska Fire Department

Onalaska Masonic Lodge No. 214 recently presented a Fire Suppression Tool (FST) to Onalaska Fire Department. The donation was yet another example of the Masonic Lodge’s involvement in their community. Pictured above from left: Senior Warden Ron Lamkin, Secretary Wes Hurlburt, Deputy Chief Les Norin, Junior Deacon Dave Hendrickson, and Onalaska Firemen: Ty Edwards, Cory Taylor, Matt Heberlein, Jason Veldboom and Peter Coppola.  Thank you to the brave first responders of the Onalaska Fire Department – and thank you to

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Masons of Milwaukee-Harmony Present FST to Non-Profit Kathy’s House

Milwaukee-Harmony Lodge No. 261 Brothers Josef Pronnet (left) and Master Garrett Butenhoff present a state-of-the-art Fire Suppression Tool (FST) to Kathy’s House President and CEO, Patty Metropulos.  Kathy’s House is a nonprofit 501(c)3 hospital guest house committed to providing affordable lodging and caring support in a “home away from home” environment for families who need to travel to Milwaukee for medical care.  Since 2001, Kathy’s House has helped more than 17,000 out-of-town patients to access-needed medical care in Milwaukee. Their story

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WI Masons Donate More Than 325 Fire Suppression Tools – 8 Already Used!

From our partners and friends at Fire Suppression Solutions: “Fire Suppression Solutions is proud to share that communities across the State of Wisconsin are starting to see the benefits of our partnership with the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation and local Masonic Lodges. More than 325 Fire Suppression Tools (FSTs) have been donated by Wisconsin Freemasons to Police and Fire Departments throughout the state. Additionally, in less than twelve months from the initial donation, eight of these FST’s have been successfully deployed,

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Lodi Masonic Lodge Donates to Black Earth Fire Department

by The Star News, Black Earth, February 23, 2023 Lodi Valley Masonic Lodge #99 on Tuesday, Feb 14 donated a portable Fire Suppression Tool (FST) to the Black Earth Joint Fire District Fire Department. The device is designed to suppress a fire that is still contained within a structure. It can be deployed by first responders and is designed to control a fire in the all-important early stage. The $950 unit was provided to the Lodi Lodge, which merged several

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Winneconne Masonic Lodge Donates Life-Saving Tool

The Freemasons of Winneconne Lodge No. 186 donated a Fire Suppression Tool to the Winneconne Police Department in late January.  The interim police chief accepted the generous donation and thanked the Lodge and Lodge members for their partnership and support. Pictured above from left: Winneconne Masonic Lodge Brothers Nate Ihrig (Senior Warden) and Jack Wirch (Master) present the life-saving device to Interim Police Chief Ben Sauriol.  Submitted by Bro. Jack Wirch

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Prairie du Chien Lodge Presents FST to Boscobel Police

The Brethren of Prairie du Chien Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Wisconsin presented the Boscobel Police Department with a state-of-the-art GreenPort Portable Fire Suppression Tool on February 13th at a presentation held at the Boscobel Police Station.   The Boscobel Masonic Lodge had been a part of the community prior to merging with the Fennimore Lodge in 2002. The Fennimore Lodge then merged with the Prairie du Chien Masonic Lodge in October 2021. The Lodge Brethren has also presented one

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Eagle River and Rhinelander Lodges Present 7 FSTs

Members of Eagle River Freemasons Lodge No. 248 and Rhinelander Freemasons Lodge No. 242, working with the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation, presented seven Fire Suppression Tools to northwoods fire departments that are greatly understaffed. The recipients included Pelican, Pine Lake, Little Rice, Monico, Fire District Alpha, Crescent, and Cassian fire rescue departments. These departments are responsible for providing fire and EMS calls for a large portion of Oneida County, Wisconsin. These are all departments that have mutual aid agreements due to

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Barnes Brethren Support Solon Springs Volunteer Fire Department

The Brethren of Barnes Masonic Lodge No. 365 in Iron River, Wisconsin recently presented the Solon Springs Volunteer Fire Department with a state-of-the-art GreenPort Portable Fire Suppression Tool.  These small devices fit in the trunk of a squad car or other first responder vehicles and can dramatically reduce fire and water damage in enclosures like houses, garages, stores, or sheds. They are lightweight and easy to deploy: just “pull the pin and throw it in” and within 35 seconds, the

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Franklin Lodge Presents Life-Saving FST to Lone Rock Fire Department

The Brothers of Franklin Masonic Lodge No. 16 in Lone Rock, Wisconsin recently donated another Fire Suppression Tool to the Lone Rock Fire Department. Small, all volunteer fire departments like the one in Lone Rock are especially appreciative of getting these life-saving, firefighting tools.  The Fire Suppression Tool is a state-of-the-art device about the size of a briefcase, making it easy to store in the trunk of a squad car or emergency jump vehicle. Once deployed into a structure on

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Chetek Masonic Lodge Supports Dallas Fire Dept

The Brothers of Chetek Masonic Lodge No. 277, partnering with the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation’s “Acts of Kindness” program, recently donated a Fire Suppression Tool to the Dallas/Sioux Creek Fire Department.  Pictured from left: Safety Officer Jonny Fowler; Brothers Jim Sells and Jim Olson; Chief Aaron Grant; Brothers Darryl Dahl, Tom Nicolaides, and Jim Toman; and Assistant Chief Joel Myers.  The Brothers of Chetek Lodge are proud partners with their local first responders! Submitted by Bro. James Toman

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WSAW: Merrill Freemasons Donate Fire Suppression Tool

By Alicia Schumacher Published: Jan. 31, 2023 at 11:53 PM EST MERRILL, Wis. (WSAW) – Lincoln County officials now have another new tool to fight fires. On Tuesday, the Merrill Freemasons donated a fire suppression tool to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department. The tools are thrown into a fire and release a chemical gas to quickly drop the temperature of the fire. This unit is the 13th in the Merrill and Antigo areas to be donated. The Freemasons say it’s important for

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Perseverance 1836 Lodge Provides State-of-the-Art Firefighting Tool

The Brothers of Perseverance 1836 Masonic Lodge No. 366 donated a Fire Suppression Tool to the Town of Hamburg Volunteer Fire Department.  The Lodge, based in District 7’s Mazomanie, meets throughout the state of Wisconsin and holds several “campouts” during the year where the Brothers live the way our Brothers would have lived in 1836. This usually includes a winter campout – which, as it sounds, is camping and cooking outside during the Wisconsin winter months. This year’s campout was

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Crandon Lodge Presents FSTs to Forest County Sheriff, Local Rescue Squad

Submitted by Brother Boyd Monte  The Brethren of Crandon Masonic Lodge No. 287 donated a second portable fire suppression tool (FST) in Forest County on February 6th to the Forest County Sheriff’s Office. The first unit was presented to the Laona/Wabeno Rescue Squad in August.  Pictured above is the most recent donation, with Crandon Lodge Brother DJ Huddleston presenting the FST to Forest County Sheriff Jeff Marvin. Both first responders were appreciative to receive the state-of-the-art fire suppression tools. They

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Crandon Masons Make Community Ornaments

By Brother DJ Huddleston  Like other Brethren throughout our state, Brothers in Crandon Masonic Lodge No. 287 are trying to find innovative and cost effective ways to promote Masonry and recognize their Brethren both within the Lodge and throughout our community. With the support of the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation, the Crandon Lodge has recently been able to get press coverage for donating a Fire Suppression Tool to one of their local EMT-Fire Rescue Units and provided a significant scholarship to

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Brookfield Masonic Lodge Presents Fire Suppression Tool

The Freemasons of Brookfield Masonic Lodge No. 370 donated a state-of-the-art Fire Suppression Tool to the New Berlin Fire Department.  This donation of this innovative fire fighting tool was made possible through a grant from the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation’s “Acts of Kindness” program. This device, when deployed into a structure on fire, will emit a nonhazardous aerosol that will extinguish the fire within seconds. The Freemasons of Brookfield Masonic Lodge believe this tool will undoubtedly help save lives, pets, and

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Building Better Communities Through Wisconsin Masonic Foundation’s Acts of Kindness

By Brother Peter Tourville, President, Wisconsin Masonic Foundation  Greetings and thank you for your support on behalf of the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation (WMF). 2022 brought a lot of changes to the WMF and how we are helping Freemasons build better communities in Wisconsin through Acts of Kindness.  The Wisconsin Masonic Foundation Acts of Kindness program is making a difference locally and becoming recognizable outside our Fraternity. The Acts of Kindness Fire Suppression Tool (FST) program allowed Freemasons to donate 300

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Rock River Masonic Lodge Donates Fire Suppression Tool to Hustisford Police

The Freemasons of Rock River Masonic Lodge No. 108 presented the Hustisford Police Department with a Fire Suppression Tool on January 5th at the Hustisford Police Department. In the photo above, Rock River Masonic Lodge Brother Josh Presher presents the innovative life-saving device to Hustisford Police Department Chief Gregory Kaepernick.  Submitted by Brother Randy Thorman

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Lodi Masonic Lodge Donates Critically Important Fire Fighting Device to Mazomanie

The Brethren of Lodi Valley Masonic Lodge donated a state-of-the-art Fire Suppression Tool to the nearby Mazomanie Fire Department. The Brethren of Lodi Lodge are proud partners with the first responders in their area. Lodi Valley Lodge Number 99 has deep roots in Mazomanie with the Lodge having members from the area due to several Lodge mergers years back. The Lodi Brethren still ensure that the Mazomanie community continues to receive their aid and support. The Fire Suppression Tool is

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Brother Gregory Dobbins, head of the Henry S. Baird Lodge No. 174 Charities Committee, presents a check for $500 to Sydney Tlachac Director of Social & Emotional Learning with the Boys & Girls Club of Door County. 

Henry S. Baird Masonic Lodge Supports The Boys and Girls Club of Door County

Brother Gregory Dobbins, head of the Henry S. Baird Lodge Number 174 Charities Committee, presents a check for $500 to Sydney Tlachac Director of Social & Emotional Learning with the Boys & Girls Club of Door County.  The money was used for their Christmas outreach program and their “basic needs closet” for area residents in need.  The Sturgeon Bay-based Masonic Lodge is a proud partner of this important community organization. The Brethren at Henry S Baird Lodge have been very

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Pictured from left: PGM Gary L. Stang, Troy Baier, Andy Roggenback, Jarod Zweifelhofer, Bill Bleskacek, Scott Tillotson, David Olson, Curt Harrison, Leonard Shier, Ron Malcolm, Neil Liljander and Neil Hanson. 

Bloomer Masonic Lodge Donates Life-Saving Device to Bloomer Fire Department

The Freemasons of Bloomer Masonic Lodge No. 281 recently donated a Fire Suppression Tool (FST) to the Bloomer Fire Department. These FSTs are literal lifesaving devices – able to greatly suppress or even fully extinguish a burning structure within 30-60 seconds after deployment. Pictured from left: PGM Gary L. Stang, Troy Baier, Andy Roggenback, Jarod Zweifelhofer, Bill Bleskacek, Scott Tillotson, David Olson, Curt Harrison, Leonard Shier, Ron Malcolm, Neil Liljander and Neil Hanson.  The fire department was very appreciative to

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Pictured rom left: Kyle Killian, Jeff Killian, Bill Lee, Scott Hazeltine, George Jordan, Jerrod Fox, Dan Retzlaff. 

Columbus Masonic Lodge Presents Fire Suppression Tool to Their Fire Department 

Columbus Masonic Lodge No. 75 recently presented a Fire Suppression Tool to the Columbus Fire Department. The Brothers of Columbus Lodge have a lengthy history of supporting their area first responders and are proud to provide their local fire department with another firefighting tool in their arsenal. The Fire Suppression Tool is designed to greatly suppress and even fully extinguish a fire within a burning structure or vehicle. They are a critically important tool in house fires, especially those in

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From left: Samuel Schwer, Chris Kreul, Tom Parrish, Fennimore Police Chief Chris French, Master Ken Meyer and Monte Steiber.

Prairie du Chien Masonic Lodge Presents Fire Fighting Equipment to Fennimore Police Department

Prairie du Chien Masonic Lodge No. 8 presented a state-of-the-art Fire Suppression Tool (FST) to the Fennimore Police Department last month at the Fennimore Municipal Building. The donation underscores the relationship Prairie du Chien has with nearby Fennimore – and the Lodge’s desire to make a positive difference throughout their entire region. Oftentimes, in rural areas of the state, the first responders to arrive on the scene of a fire can be the local police department. Having a firefighting tool

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Photoed from left: Brother Gregory Dobbins, Fire Captain Meyer, Fire Chief Mac Donald, District Representative Mitch Custer, Village President Mike McCutchen, and Brother Andy Buecher. 

Sturgeon Bay Masonic Lodge Presents Lifesaving Tool to Ephraim Fire Department

Henry S. Baird Lodge No. 174, located in Sturgeon Bay, presented a Fire Suppression Tool (FST) to the Ephraim Fire Department last month at the Ephraim Firehouse. We posted another donation made by the generous Brothers of this Lodge earlier this month as they donated two other fire suppression tools, one to the Algoma Police Department and the other to the Algoma Fire Department. The tools are being offered to Lodges as part of the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation’s “Acts of

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Pictured from left: Grand Tiler LeRoy Huber, Senior Warden; DR Robert Barnett, Master; Officer Aaron Johnson; and Sergeant Jessica Rittenhouse. 

Union Masonic Lodge Presents Fire Suppression Tool to Evansville Police Department

Union Masonic Lodge No. 32 in Evansville recently presented a Fire Suppression Tool (FST) to the Evansville Police Department. The Masons of this Lodge are so proud to partner with their first responders – and this generous gift from the Lodge will help make their community safer. The FST device is designed to be tossed into a burning building or vehicle and emit a nonhazardous aerosol that can greatly suppress or even fully extinguish a fire in 30-60 seconds. The

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Pictured from left: Senior Deacon Jason Hayden, Master Richard Brommer, Fire Chief Jamey King, Firefighter Don Hayden, Senior Warden Mike Hayden, Secretary/Treasurer Mike Hunter and Firefighter Mark Poeschel.

Durand Masonic Lodge Presents Innovative Firefighting Tool to Their Fire Department

The Brothers of Durand Masonic Lodge No. 149 recently donated a fire suppression tool (FST) to the Durand Fire Department. The presentation and accompanying demonstration video left a great impression on the Department – and they were very appreciative of the gift.  Picture from left: Senior Deacon Jason Hayden, Master Richard Brommer, Fire Chief Jamey King, Firefighter Don Hayden, Senior Warden Mike Hayden, Secretary/Treasurer Mike Hunter and Firefighter Mark Poeschel.  Masons around Wisconsin have a long history of supporting their

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Pictured from left: Ivan Melendez, Shaun Dade, Jason Zasada, Master Brett Krause, Chief Joseph Balog, Andy Willet, Keith Redell and Gerald Steinke. 

Geneva Masonic Lodge Presents Fire Suppression Tool to Genoa Police Department

Geneva Masonic Lodge No. 44 of Lake Geneva presented a state-of-the-art Fire Suppression Tool (FST) to the Chief of Police Joseph Balog of the Village of Genoa City Police Department on December 17th. Pictured from left: Ivan Melendez, Shaun Dade, Jason Zasada, Master Brett Krause, Chief Joseph Balog, Andy Willet, Keith Redell and Gerald Steinke.  The Brothers of the Lodge are proud partners and supporters of their area first responders. This device will travel in a squad car as a

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Oconto’s Pine Masonic Lodge Supports Their First Responders

Pine Masonic Lodge No. 188 of Oconto presented the Oconto Fire Department with a portable Fire Suppression Tool (FST). The firemen were invited for dinner and fellowship – and told about the innovative tool they now have in their fire-fighting arsenal with this FST.  The device was made possible through a generous grant from the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation‘s “Acts of Kindness” program and dovetails with the pride and support the Lodge has for its area first responders. Pictured from left:

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Sturgeon Bay’s HS Baird Masonic Lodge Presents Life-Saving Tools to Algoma Police and Fire

Henry S. Baird Masonic Lodge No. 174, Sturgeon Bay, present a Fire Suppression Tool to both the Algoma Police and Fire Department at the Algoma Fire Station. The first responders were very appreciative of the devices, as they are designed to quickly extinguish a building or vehicle on fire. Pictured from left: District Representative Mitch Custer, Algoma Police Chief Randy Remiker, Algoma Fire Chief Tom Ackerman and Bros. Andy Buechner, Gregory Dobbins and Junior Warden Ben Miller, all of Henry

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Mineral Point Masonic Lodge Donates Fire Suppression Tools to Their Fire and Police Departments

By Levi Zimmerman The Mineral Point Fire and Police Departments will both have new fire suppression tools thanks to donations made by the Mineral Point Masonic Lodge. On Monday night, Fire Chief Brian Marr and Police Chief Bob Weier met with some of the Freemasons to be presented the donations. The fire suppression tool (FST) is reportedly a highly effective, environmentally safe aerosol fire suppression solution that can be activated after pulling a pin and throwing it into an active

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Wisconsin Rapids Masonic Lodge Hosts Firefighter Appreciation Event, Donates Seven Fire Suppression Tools

Wisconsin Rapids Masonic Lodge No. 128 held a Firefighter Appreciation Event on October 6, for all seven area Fire Departments. The Departments from Wisconsin Rapids, Grand Rapids, Nekoosa, Rudolf, Vesper, and Village of Biron attended. The Village of Port Edwards was unable to attend but will be presented with their Fire Suppression Tool (FST) unit separately. The event began with social time where all of the Fire Chiefs were able to connect with each other as they seldom have a

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New Richmond Masonic Lodge Gifts Life-Saving Tool to Community

New Richmond Masonic Lodge No. 195 presented a Fire Suppression Tool to the Apple River Fire Department at Range on October 18th. The following Lodge members were present: Loren Barnes, Mike Bessette, Chad Fonseca, Anthony Rives, Sam Christenson, Dan Hagerty and Larry Riemenschneider – as well as several Lodge Ladies, including Silvanna Rives and Julie Riemenschneider.  The presentation underscored the partnership Masons have with their area first responders. The New Richmond Masonic Lodge was proud to present this device to

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Village of Waukesha Fire Department Receives Fire Suppression Tool From Nathan Hale Masonic Lodge

Brother Chris Villarreal, Master of Nathan Hale Masonic Lodge No. 350 in Milwaukee, recently presented a Fire Suppression Tool (FST) to the Village of Waukesha Fire Department. The Department is planning on placing this life-saving tool on their front line ambulance, since it responds to approximately 85% of the calls in the Village of Waukesha.  Pictured from right: FF/EMT Sami Rogman, FF/EMT Abbey Lynch, FF/EMT Tylar Nelson, Nathan Hale Master Chris Villarreal, Assistant Fire Chief Andrew Stolldorf and DO/EMT Ryan

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LaBelle Lodge Presents Fire Suppression Tool to Vernon County Sheriff

LaBelle Lodge No. 84, Viroqua, presented a Fire Suppression Tool (FST) to the Vernon County Sheriff’s Department on Oct. 19. In the photo above, Lodge Master Dan Iverson presents the FST to Vernon County Deputy Roy Togerson.  LaBelle Lodge is a proud partner with and an active supporter of their local first responders. The Brothers made this generous gift, possible through a grant from the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation’s “Acts of Kindness” program, as a way to help the Vernon County

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Jackson Police Receive Two Fire Suppression Tools from Lincoln Masonic Lodge

Lincoln Masonic Lodge No. 183 donated two Fire Suppression Tools (FSTs) to the Jackson Police during the Fire Department’s open house on Oct. 12th. Many people in the community were there to see the presentation.  The FSTs were presented to the police as they are often the first on the scene of a fire or an emergency. These state-of-the-art devices will travel in the Jackson Police squad vehicles the patrol the community, making them at-the-ready for use in a building

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Bayfield-Washburn Masonic Lodge Presents Four Fire Suppression Tools

The Brothers of Bayfield-Washburn Masonic Lodge No. 215 presented the Police Departments of Red Cliff, Bayfield, LaPointe, and Washburn each with a state-of-the-art Fire Suppression Tool (FST). The FSTs help to quickly suppress and extinguish fires in enclosed spaces – and were presented to the Police Departments, as they are typically the emergency responders first to the scene of a fire, accident, or other emergency that might necessitate the use of such a device. Pictured in the photo from left:

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Washington Island Fire Department Receives Life-Saving Fire Fighting Tool from Milwaukee’s Freemasons Lodge

A Fire Suppression Tool (FST) was donated to the Washington Island Fire Department on Sept. 25th, by Brother David Alderfer, longtime Washington Island resident, on behalf of Freemasons Lodge No. 363 in Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation’s Acts of Kindness. Participating in presenting the FST was Brother Bob Roth, Freemasons Lodge, who is a long-time visitor to the Island and friend of the Alderfers.  Washington Island, Wisconsin is five miles by four miles in area, with about 700 full

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