A fond farewell to Chief Anderson

Scott Anderson recognized for many years of fire service

It was time for members of the Maple Grove Fire Department, other city staff members, city officials, family and friends to bid farewell to Fire Chief Scott Anderson on July 31. Monday was his last day before his retirement.

Anderson was a firefighter for over 40 years, first with the Hamel Fire Department. He became a volunteer firefighter with Maple Grove in 1978 and became chief in 1990.

A retirement celebration for Anderson took place July 31. City officials, city staff, members of the Maple Grove Fire Department and others shared their memories and well wishes.

Scott Anderson reflects back on his almost 40-year career and 27-year career as fire chief with the Maple Grove Fire Department. He officially retired July 31, and a retirement celebration was held in his honor. (Photo by Alicia Miller)

Maple Grove Mayor Mark Steffenson said, “You have always run a great fire department. On behalf of the city, I want express my great gratitude for all you’ve done for us over the years.”

Maple Grove Police Chief Eric Werner presented Anderson with police patch in a shadow box. “Through your leadership, we enjoy a tremendous relationship between police and fire,” he said. “It’s truly been a pleasure to work with you. When somebody retires from the police department, we give them a shadow box. You have been a part of our team, so we’re going to present this to you as well, both sides of our challenge coin and a patch.”

Anderson was presented with his fire helmet, a fire ax, plaques and well wishes. His wife Nancy was presented with flowers from the Maple Grove Fire Department as well.

Anderson gave a few closing remarks at the end of his retirement party.

“There’s a really good team here,” he said. “It’s really fun to come to work every day.”

He said there have only been two fire chiefs in Maple Grove’s city history since 1975. He added the city averages about 1,000 calls a year.

“And the fire department, keep doing what you’re doing,” Anderson said. “Be safe and keep in touch.”

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Maple Grove Mayor Mark Steffenson, right, presents Scott Anderson with his fire helmet at his retirement party. (Photo by Alicia Miller)
The Maple Grove Fire Department set up three of its ladder trucks as a show of support and goodbye to Scott Anderson on his retirement on July 31. (Photo by Alicia Miller) Old photos of Scott Anderson were on display at his retirement party, documenting his almost 40-year firefighting career. (Photo by Alicia Miller)
Maple Grove City staff wish Scott Anderson well at his retirement party. The city presented Anderson with a certificate of tree sponsorship for a tree that will be planted in the Maple Grove Arboretum. (Photo by Alicia Miller) Maple Grove Police Chief Eric Werner, right, presents Scott Anderson with honorary police patch to recognize the work the police and fire departments did together during Anderson’s time with the Maple Grove Fire Department. (Photo by Alicia Miller) Scott Anderson is presented with a fire ax by the Maple Grove Fire Department at his retirement celebration. All of the firefighters signed the wood the ax is attached to. Anderson is pictured with Assistant Chief Mike Kinnan. (Photo by Alicia Miller) Acting Fire Chief Marilyn Arnlund presents Scott Anderson with a painting and a fire badge on behalf of the Maple Grove Fire Department. (Photo by Alicia Miller) The crowd at Scott Anderson’s retirement celebration gives him a standing ovation. (Photo by Alicia Miller) Scott Anderson accepts a plaque from Maple Grove Mayor Mark Steffenson for the city’s appreciation for Anderson’s years of service to the Maple Grove Fire Department. (Photo by Alicia Miller) Scott Anderson was presented with his fire helmet at his retirement celebration. (Photo by Alicia Miller)
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Scott Anderson is presented with a fire ax by the Maple Grove Fire Department at his retirement celebration. All of the firefighters signed the wood the ax is attached to. Anderson is pictured with Assistant Chief Mike Kinnan. (Photo by Alicia Miller)