About 50 first responders joined community members at the Huguenot Lodge No. 377, Free and Accepted Masons, for a ceremony to honor them Saturday near Kutztown.
The event was part of a statewide effort to honor first responders in May, said John L. Scott, who helped organize the ceremony at the lodge in Richmond Township.
First responders from Fleetwood, Kutztown, Topton, Oley, Bowers, Walnuttown, Mertztown, Lyons, Blandon, Kempton, Virginville and Lenhartsville were invited to bring their families and tour the lodge as well as see an array of emergency vehicles before the ceremony.
People were able to explore 11 firetrucks, three ambulances, two police cars and a MedEvac helicopter. About 150 people attended.
Each first responder received a special edition pin, and children got to take part in the Child Identification Program, which involves having their photos taken, their information recorded and their fingerprints lifted to aid in their identification in an emergency.
“We’re just honored to be able to support our local fire, EMS and police officers,” Scott said.