Free safety identification event planned for Monday in Massena
Friday, May 23, 2014 - 2:32 pm

MASSENA -- The Massena Police Department and Masons of St. Lawrence County will host a free safety identification event May 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Massena Rescue Squad’s open house, 341 East Orvis St.

The New York Masonic Safety ID Program is offered free of charge to all families within the county. Participating families will receive a CD-ROM and a packet of items to assist law enforcement in the safe recovery of a lost or missing child, student, or adult. All ages are welcome.

The included CD-ROM that families take home can be uploaded immediately to the Amber Alert System and the program is approved by the New York State Department of Criminal Justice. Included on the CD are the participants fingerprints, photos, personal description and information, along with age-specific safety tips and activities.

“This is one of the many projects that Masonic Lodges all over the State conduct to help our communities,” says John Schneider, Program Chairman of the Second St. Lawrence Masonic District. Here’s how it works: A short questionnaire is completed and a permission slip is signed; digital fingerprints and photos are taken. After a few minutes, the kit is completed, which includes a CD-ROM with the fingerprints and photos, a laminated ID card, and a printout of all the vital information.

All information is given to the family; only permission slips are retained.

“We are very committed to this program, and it is supported and administered by the Masons through fundraising and volunteering,” Schneider said. “We are fortunate in Massena to be able to partner with our local law enforcement to provide several events throughout the year.”

The New York Masonic Safety Identification Program urge all families to keep this important, updateable information in a safe place, and take it with you when traveling. This information can aid in the safe recovery of a lost or missing person.

If you had a previous ID through this program, your CD can be updated at any New York Masonic Safety ID event.

For information and an advance form, visit http://mastermason.com/stlawrencefreemason/forms.html.