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Oklahoma Masons pay tribute to fallen troopers

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The Masonic Grand Lodge of Oklahoma dedicates a cornerstone monument to the three troopers that died in the Caddo-Kenefic manhunt on May, 26 1978 The Masonic Grand Lodge of Oklahoma dedicates a cornerstone monument to the three troopers that died in the Caddo-Kenefic manhunt on May, 26 1978

CADDO, OK -- The Masonic Grand Lodge of Oklahoma dedicated a cornerstone monument to three state troopers who died in the line of duty during the Caddo-Kenefic manhunt on May 26, 1978. 

"It's a privilege to get to be here today to recognize not just the troopers, but the troopers that were Masons as well," said Mike Dixon, Oklahoma Grand Master of Masons.

"It's just overwhelming the amount of work that went into remembering the three troopers," added Trooper Billy Young's son, Bob Young. 

Known as the darkest day in history for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the day remembers Troopers James Grimes, Houston "Pappy" Summers and Billy Young who who were searching for prison escapees Claude Dennis and Michael Lancaster when they were shot and killed. 

"On that particular day, we lost the three troopers in two separate gun fights," said Lt. Scott Hampton with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. "They were within minutes of each other, and that's just extremely rare."

Dedication of the cornerstone by Grand Masons honors the troopers for their heroic actions to keep the public safe. 

"Most citizens don't realize what these troopers do day-in and day-out for a nominal salary," said Dixon. "They do it because they are committed to their job and the people of our state." 

For each dedication, the Masons use ancient applications of the square, the level and the plumb to demonstrate that the cornerstone of the monument is well suited for use in cultivating good men and women.

Young said his father looked forward to helping as many people as he could every day. 

"He loved his job so much, and he always wanted to go out making a difference," Young said. "I don't think he would have ever dreamed the differences that would have come out of him, and Pappy and Pat's sacrifice that happened here almost 41 years ago." 

The ceremony had to be held inside due to weather, but the monument will be placed outside by Masons in the near future so the three troopers can be remembered for years to come. 

"The Masons and what the Grand Lodge did here today; this just adds a little bit extra to the memorial," Young said.

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