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.
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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