The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania Thomson Award for Saving A Human Life
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The Thomson Award was designed by direction of
Brother Robert L. Dluge, Jr., Right Worshipful Grand Master, 2000-2001.
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It was formally adopted by resolution in Grand Lodge on December 8, 2000. It is a sterling silver cup, handcrafted by Wendell August Forge of Grove City, Pennsylvania.
It bears a unique emblem which combines the square and compasses, the first aid cross, and the keystone, thematically portraying the themes of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth. This emblem is joined with the seal of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania by a cabletow, the age-old symbol of the distance a Mason is to go in service to his fellowman.
Officially titled "The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania Thomson Award for Saving A Human Life," it is presented by the Right Worshipful Grand Master to a member of the fraternity who was primarily responsible for saving the life of a fellow human being.
This is not necessarily a reward for a highly dramatic rescue, although it is in the Masonic character for personal safety to be cast aside in order to aid another in distress. Heroism and valor are often the products of preparedness and opportunity. While saving the life of a fellow human being may involve risk, strength, and courage, more often it is a result of the knowledge and practice of basic first aid and rescue skills.
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