|Volume LVI||MAY/JUNE 2009||Number 2|
Washington Lodge Members Honor Brothers
of Slain Hero and Raise His Partner
On Feb. 13, 25-year-old Philadelphia Police Officer John Pawlowski, brother of Brothers Bob and Vince Pawlowski, was fatally shot while responding to a dispute between a cab driver and a suspected murderer charged with narcotics possession.
At the March 11 Stated Meeting of Washington Lodge No. 59, Philadelphia, Worshipful Master Russell G. Hinkel, on behalf of the lodge, presented the Pawlowski family a check for $500 as well as several personal checks from the brethren in attendance to help support John's wife, Kimberly, and their unborn son.
Having served on the force for 5½ years, Officer John Pawlowski received accolades last summer after wrestling a gun away from a felon on a city bus. Bro. and Corporal Bob Pawlowski also serves with the Philadelphia police department and their father, John Sr., retired from the agency.
At the Extra Meeting on April 15, in the Corinthian Hall of the Masonic Temple in Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Shield and Square Degree Team and Washington Lodge raised Bro. Mark Klein, the partner of the late John Pawlowski, who returned fire on John's alleged murderer. More than 100 brethren turned out to show their support. Before the degree took place, Bro. Michael A. Nutter, Mayor of the City of Philadelphia, was welcomed to the East where he spoke to the gathering and praised Bro. Mark's work. Among other welcomed guests that evening was Bro. and Congressman Patrick J. Murphy, member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Bro. Charles A. Bishop, Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, also praised Mark's work and commented on the continued cooperation between the fraternities. Several other Prince Hall brethren attended.
Bro. Thomas Hopkins, District Deputy Grand Master for District B, presented fellow District Deputy Grand Masters: Robert J. Burns, District A; David Tansey, District D; Charles Holloway, District E; Carl Swope, District 8; and Phillip T. Greene, District 40. Bro. Danny Hinds, William L. Elkins Lodge No. 271, Philadelphia, was instrumental in planning the evening. Bro. William D. Hartman, Grand Chaplain, made an inspiring presentation of the Bible to Bro. Mark.
For those who wish to honor this fallen hero by supporting his wife and son, donations can be made out to "The John Pawlowski Fund" and sent to Bro. Bob Pawlowski at 15108 Kalaste Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19116.
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