Accused drunk driver crashes into Masons on way to function
Wednesday night’s head-on collision on Route 6 in Truro devastated Cape Cod’s Masonic community as the names of the victims were posted overnight on the Cape Cod Masons Facebook page. Just after 5 p.m. Wednesday a Ford Ranger pickup driven by Jason Lussier of Brewster collided with a Toyota Tundra pickup driven by Andrew Walker of Harwich. Lussier was charged with operating under the influence of liquor and assault and battery on a firefighter.
“You won’t find a more dedicated Mason than Hank Burke." - Bob Fellows.
There were four prominent Lower Cape Masons in Walker's pickup who were on their way to a Masonic function in Provincetown. Those in the Masons’ vehicle included Henry P. Burke (District Deputy Grand Master for the 21st Masonic District), Andrew C. Walker (District Deputy Grand Secretary), Thomas Nary (District Masonic Ambassador), and John A. Eldredge, Sr. (District Deputy Grand Marshal). One victim was MedFlighted to Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Others were transported to Cape Cod Hospital by Truro, Wellfleet and Eastham ambulances. Truro police report that none of the injuries appeared life-threatening.
Eastham resident Henry Burke, a retired probation officer, was appointed District Deputy Grand Master one year ago. He is known as an enthusiastic, high-energy leader and is well-liked in the area. The 21st Masonic District includes seven Lodges of Masons from Dennis to Provincetown. The Lower Cape district is known for its community service work, including the school-based CHIP child identification program. The district is also the birthplace of the Masonic Angel Fund and Laptops for KidZ.
Masonic Angel Foundation president Robert Fellows this morning told CapeCodToday.com, “You won’t find a more dedicated Mason than Hank Burke. He brings terrific energy to our district. It is a real privilege to serve with men like Hank, John, Andy and Tom. We’re all praying for their swift recovery.”
The Masons are well-known for assisting each other in difficult times. No doubt the victims will enjoy plenty of support from their brethren as they recover from their injuries. With all the good this organization does for Cape communities these men deserve our thoughts and prayers, as well.