On Thursday June 15th at the Claremont Fire Department, the Men and Women of the Fire, Police, and Ambulance who make up the 1st Responders in Claremont, were recognized for their excellent service to the community. The event was organized by the local Members of Hiram Lodge #9 F&AM and Woodman-Aurora-Kimball-Summit Chapter, Order of Eastern Star. Guest speakers from both fraternal orders included the Deputy Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of New Hampshire, Right Worshipful Brother Kenneth A. Clay, Grand Worthy Matron of the Grand Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star, Sister Gretta Smith, and the head of General Grand Chapter Committee for the support of 1st Responders, Eugene Jannenga.
The Master of Ceremonies was the Master of Hiram Lodge, Worshipful Brother Thomas LeBlanc.
The event started with a Toast to the Flag which was discharged by the Junior Grand Deacon of the Grand Lodge of NH, Right Worshipful Brother Larry Sprague.
After the completion of the speeches, the Fire Chief, Police Chief and Shift Chief from the Golden Cross Ambulance were welcomed to the podium and were presented with Plaques which recognized their very much appreciated service to the community.
The Plaques were made especially for this event by several members of RDS Machine located in Newport and Wepco Plating.
Food was donated by Liberal Beef, Leo’s Market, Hannaford’s, and Coca-Cola: all located in Claremont. Deserts were provided by the members of the Order of Eastern Star.
The Masons kept the hot food coming off the grill for 2hrs. Around 50 people were in attendance. The efforts extended to the 1st Responders this day was much appreciated and as the Fire Chief, Richard Bergeron and the Police Chief, Mark Chase expressed:“We don’t do it for the recognition though we do appreciate it. Our gratification comes from doing our job to the best of our ability and making a difference for the people and community we serve.”