Masonic lodge shines a light on local law enforcement



On Sunday, Jan. 23, Frederick Franklin Masonic Lodge 14 conducted its annual installation ceremony. This year, the ceremony focused on honoring those brothers who are employed in the law enforcement field.

The reason? Because Brother Judemayer Medena, who was elected Worshipful Master for 2022, is a Southington police officer.

The ceremony was conducted by Right Worshipful Brother G. Randall Hornaday, who was the Installing Officer, and Worshipful Brother Keath Romano, AMG, the Installing Marshall.

Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the ceremony commenced with the Bristol Police Honor Guard, which presented and posted the colors of the American flag.

In attendance was the Most Worshipful Grand Master of Free and Accepted Ancient Masons for the state of Connecticut, William E. Bohman, along with Southington Police Chief John “Jack” Daly and Plainville’s newly-appointed Police Chief Christopher Vanghele. Also, state Rep. Dr. William Petit, Jr. and state Sen. Henri Martin provided a state proclamation to be presented to Worshipful Master Medena in honor of his leadership in the lodge and the community.

The elected and appointed officers for the lodge are: Judemayer Medena - Worshipful Master; Chet Russell - Secretary; Frank Dlugokinski - Treasurer; Daniel Levine - Senior Warden; Andrew Bronson - Junior Warden; Mike Kelley - Senior Deacon; Kenneth Haas - Junior Deacon; Patrick Kilby - Senior Steward; and Edward Lawrence Lawson, Jr. - Historian.



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