by Dennis Dalman
The Sartell-LeSauk Fire Department was recently named statewide “Fire Department of the Year” by the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization.
At the Aug. 12 Sartell City Council meeting, Fire Chief Ken Heim shared the news and showed the council the plaque the department received, adding he and the firefighters are grateful for such an honor. The department was nominated by former firefighter Ken Schulte of Sartell.
“That award is very well deserved,” said Sartell Mayor Joe Perske, noting how the department performed so well in the wake of the paper-mill disaster last year.
At that, the council members sponataneously burst into a round of applause.