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Meet the R.W. Junior Grand Warden

Bro. Thomas K. Sturgeon was initiated into Freemasonry in Oakdale Lodge No. 669 in Oakdale, PA, a suburb of Pittsburgh on January 28, 1965. He served as Worshipful Master of the Lodge in 1969. In 1983 he was appointed District Deputy Grand Master of the 47th Masonic District through 1992. He again served the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania on the Committee on Finance in 1998 and 1999.

Bro. Sturgeon is a member of the Valley of Pittsburgh, AASR and served as Commander-in-Chief in 1988 and 1989. He was elected to Honorary Membership in the Supreme Council, 33° in 1988 and is currently an Active Member of Supreme Council for Pennsylvania, receiving that appointment in 1999. Other Masonic bodies he belongs to include, Zerubbabel-Duquesne Royal Arch Chapter No. 162; Washington Council No. 1 Royal and Select Masters, and Duquesne Commandery No. 72. He is a member of Syria Shrine and belongs to the Provost Guard; Shrine Club South; West Hills Caravan and the Royal Order of Jesters Court No. 2, serving as Director in 2001 and 2002. He is a member of the Law Enforcement Pin Club; PA Shield and Square Club; Masonic Veterans of Western PA; Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Wa-Cha-Gree Forest No. 149, and the Golden Triangle York Rite College. He is also a recipient of the DeMolay Legion of Honor.

rwgw2Following graduation from West Allegheny High School in 1961, Bro Sturgeon was employed by Duquesne Light Co. before pursuing a career in law enforcement. He was employed by the North Fayette Police Department from 1968 to 1994 rising through the ranks to become Chief of Police/Public Safety Director in 1976. During that period, Bro. Sturgeon returned to school beginning with a 12 week intense management course at the F.B.I. National Academy at Quantico, Virginia in 1980. He received an Associate Degree in Administration of Justice in 1982 from the Community College of Allegheny County, a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from Elizabethtown College in 1995, and a Master of Science Degree in Police Management from Youngstown State University in 1997. In 1994, he was employed by the Allegheny County Police Department, becoming Superintendent in 1997. He has served as President of the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police and in 1998 was inducted into the Pennsylvania Police Hall of Fame. He was awarded the first annual Award of Excellence in the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association in 1998.

Currently he is Regional Director of the Bureau of Narcotics Investigation in the office of the Attorney General of Pennsylvania.

Bro. Sturgeon is married to the former Joan Rhow and has six children, Kimberly, Seth, a Mason, Maureen, Michael, Mark and the late Michelle. They have seven grand children and are members of the Crossroads United Methodist Church.

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