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News from Mission Valley Lodge #78

POLSON – Sometimes things in our lives just go suddenly and terribly wrong. When that happens, we need someone’s help and we need it right away. Fortunately, we have men and women in our society who are trained to deal with emergency situations, our community’s first responders. Utilizing their various skills, firefighters, police officers, paramedics, and EMTs, work around the clock to bring needed help to the injured and do everything possible to save lives. Thankfully they are always there for us, they deserve our support and gratitude.

We have a unique opportunity here as Masons, to lead our communities in expressing gratitude for these men and women and for what they do for us every day. On April 19, Mission Valley Lodge #78 of Polson, hosted a special event to recognize a few of them. The following first responders were awarded with a certificated of appreciation:

– Officer Hazeez Rafiu, from Polson Police Department 

– EMS Wayne Perry and Mark Culp, from Polson Ambulance

– Sophie Seegers representing Lake County Sheriff’s Office

– Matt Dougherty from Polson Rural Fire District

– Julie Sisler from City of Polson Fire Department 

City of Polson Fire Chief Clint Cottle commented: “Julie is a valued member of the Polson Fire Department. Julie selflessly gives of her time to serve the community of Polson with great enthusiasm. She is the past president of the Polson Fire Members Association, has coordinated and instructed hundreds of kids for fire prevention week each year, attends countless hours of training and responds to emergencies during all hours of the night and day. Julie exemplifies what it means to serve your community.”

This celebration is one of many community oriented annual events held by Mission Valley Lodge #78. If you wish to nominate a first responder for the next celebration, please contact us by emailing us at and tell us about your experience with the first responder you would like to nominate.

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