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 Jeffrey Kemp, 32°: Police Officer and Crisis Intervention Specialist

Discover more stories like Jeffrey’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 Jeffrey Kemp from the Valleys of Greenfield and Springfield.

Brother Kemp began his career as a police officer, serving the Pittsfield, Massachusetts Police Department as a Patrol Officer and Emergency Medical Technician from 1988 to 2015. During his career, he served as an assistant to the Identification Bureau, helping collect fingerprints and photos at crime scenes, as well as a mountain bike officer.

A police officer in uniform
Brother Jeffrey Kemp in uniform

During his time with the Pittsfield Police Department, Brother Kemp specialized in serving elders at risk. He was also part of the Safe Housing Task Force acting as the logistics officer for the Special Response Team. Later, he became certified in crisis intervention training and mental health crisis management, following his passion for working with the community and building on his experience in emergency situations.

As a result of his contributions to his community, Brother Kemp was named EMS Police Officer of the Year in 2009 by the Emergency Services of Berkshire County and Police Officer of the Year in 2010 by the Pittsfield Police Association. He has also earned several life-saving medals, among other awards.

When he’s not protecting his community, you can find Brother Kemp continuing to give back, serving as a Board of Directors member for several nonprofits.

Thank you, Brother Kemp for your selfless service and commitment to protecting our communities.

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.