The Wadena Police Department recently enhanced its emergency response capabilities thanks to a generous donation from the Perham Masonic Lodge. On March 1, Kenny Friese, a member of the lodge, officially handed over three Fire Suppression Tools (FSTs) to Police Chief Naomi Plautz and officers Keith Waaraniemi and Brandon Pearson. This contribution was made possible by a fundraising event held on February 17 in New York Mills, organized by the Perham Masonic Lodge No. 157, a branch of the Minnesota Masonic Charities. The event aimed to gather funds for the acquisition of FSTs for law enforcement, first responders, and fire departments across Wadena, New York Mills, Perham, and the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Department.

Chief Plautz expressed profound gratitude towards the local Masonic Lodge for their dedication and the effort to equip as many first responder vehicles as possible with these vital tools. FSTs are portable fire suppression units that offer an effective, environmentally friendly solution to control fires, providing first responders with crucial additional time during emergencies. Each unit, valued at $3,000, represents the lodge’s commitment to supporting the safety and well-being of the community.

The Minnesota Masonic Charities, known for its philanthropic efforts, continues to make significant contributions across various sectors, including education, cancer research, eldercare, children’s health, community service, and the preservation of Masonic history. This donation underscores the organization’s commitment to fostering safer communities through generous acts of support.

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