|Bro. Mark A. Muzzana|
Excerpt from the Citation for Bro. Mark A. Muzzana
Brother Bro. Mark A. Muzzana became a Master Mason in Butler Lodge No. 272 on October 2nd, 2004. Just 31-days later, while training for the Disney Marathon in Florida, he was out for a morning run when he smelled smoke. Shortly thereafter he heard Carol Wise yelling from the porch of her home. When he went to the house he found her in a wheelchair, on a porch with no access ramp, and smoke coming from the first floor. He quickly carried her to a neighbor's house, and went back to make sure nobody else was in the home, and to retrieve the wheelchair. The fire was advanced however, and the entire structure, including the porch, quickly went up in flames, before the arrival or police or fire vehicles. Emergency response was quick, and although more than 40 firefighters from 6 departments battled the fire for three hours, the two-story home was destroyed.
Bro. Robert C. Cordray II, Vice President of the Meridian Community Volunteer Fire Company, (and a member of Lincoln Lodge No. 693, Middletown, Ohio) surveyed the home after the fire was extinguished and noted that if Bro. Muzzana had not come along at the right time; Mrs. Wise could not have survived the blaze even for the short time it took for the first fire department to arrive. The destruction to the house and to the porch was devastating. "Had Mrs. Wise still been on the porch when we arrived, she would not be with us today."
Muzzana simply states that "It's nothing anybody else would not have done" but, he admitted that "I was only concerned that someone else might be in there... it was scary how fast the house went up... it was quick!" Once the firefighters were fully engaged and Mrs. Wise seemed to be fine, Muzzana returned to his training for the Marathon.
In commemoration of Brother John Thomson's unselfish acts of service, we present to you this silver cup, known as The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania Thomson Award, to celebrate your response to the call of Masonic duty by hastening to the rescue, and saving a human life.
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