Honoring Our Front-Line Heroes

This fall, the Scottish Rite, NMJ is honoring our first responders. Our Brothers who serve and save others truly exemplify our core value of Service to Humanity. From the September 11 attacks to the COVID-19 global pandemic, first responders have always been the front-line heroes of our communities. Each week, we’ll be sharing their stories and celebrating their service.


Meet Brother Eric Fosse, 32°: Federal Agent

Discover more stories like Eric’s when you request a member of our First Responders Speakers Bureau to present at one of your Masonic events.

Today, we’re sharing the story of Brother Eric Fosse from the Valley of Scranton.

Brother Eric Fosse was a Federal Agent and Policeman for 28 years, serving under the Department of Justice, the Joint Terrorist Task Force and the Department of Homeland Security in the Federal Air Marshal Service.

For 25 years, he also served simultaneously as a military policeman and as Chief of the Police Squadron in the Marine Corps and Air Force Reserve. Fosse was deployed seven times in that capacity. During that time, he led the development of active shooter programs and protocols, taught "Police Tactics and Response," served on the Marine Corps Special Reaction Team and was an Anti-Terrorism Officer, Intelligence Superintendent, Operations Superintendent and a Senior Master Sergeant.

A photo of Federal Agent Eric Fosse in uniform
Brother Eric Fosse in uniform

When at home in Pennsylvania, Fosse served as a Master Firearms Instructor and New York Field Office Training Instructor. During his tenure, Brother Fosse led a team of marksmen in the 2011-2012 Police and Fire Olympics where he earned a gold medal. That same year, he represented the Military Police at Cam Smith N.Y. and earned State Grand Champion in all marksmanship events.

A police officer speaks to a crowd of fellow officers
Brother Eric Fosse speaks to colleagues at an award ceremony


While Brother Fosse has attained many achievements in his long career, he says that “The honor of my life was the opportunity bestowed upon me to serve this great nation. I continue my journey in the Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction.”

Fosse has a wealth of experience as a public speaker. As an agent, he was a training officer and briefed hundreds of Agents during recruitment, development and award ceremonies. He has also had the honor of conducting Purple Heart ceremonies.

Brother Fosse, we thank you for your sacrifices and service.

First Responders Speakers Bureau

We have many first responders among our Scottish Rite brethren. Learn more about these brave men of courage and service in our series of profiles we will feature this fall. In fact, a First Responders Speakers Bureau has been established, and our Brothers profiled here are just a few who are available by request to present at your local event.

Visit the Leadership Resource Center where you can download the Speakers Bureau Directory which lists the available speakers in your state.