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Albion church will host Blue Mass on Oct. 20 for first responders

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 9 October 2019 at 9:46 am

File photo by Tom Rivers: Stephen Winner, drum major for the Gates Keystone Club, leads the band through the center aisle in a processional at the end of the Blue Mass on Oct. 22, 2017.

ALBION — The Knights of Columbus in Albion welcomes first responders for the fourth annual Blue Mass at Holy Family Parish (St. Joseph’s Catholic Church) on Oct. 20.

The Mass begins at 10:30 a.m. at the church at 106 North Main St. The service will be an opportunity to honor and pray for law enforcement officers, corrections officers, coroners, firefighters, and medics.

The service will include music by the Gates Keystone Club (Police Pipes and Drums). The band formed in 1998 to “for the purpose of honoring our fallen brothers and sisters and to participate at official ceremonial events.”

Greg Dugan, one of the leaders of the Knights of Columbus, has pushed for the Blue Mass locally. Dugan, owner Greg’s Barbershop, was critically injured in a motorcycle accident on Aug. 6, 2012. He was seriously injured in the accident, breaking both knees, both wrists, separating his pelvis, fracturing his left hip, and lacerating his left leg.

Dugan said first responders saved his life.

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