Oakdale Fire Department honored during Summerfest

Oakdale Fire Chief Jeff Anderson and Marty Jurgensen have been busy planning celebration activities for the 50th anniversary of the Oakdale Fire Department. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

The Oakdale Fire Department began as the Northdale Volunteer Fire Department by the listed founders June 15, 1964. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Current and former firefighters will lead parade as grand marshals

This year’s Summerfest is dedicated to the many brave men and women who have risked their lives to protect the residents of Oakdale while serving on the fire department during the past 50 years.

The department’s official 50-year anniversary is July 14 and there are several events planned to mark the occasion. Current and retired firefighters will be honored as grand marshals in the Ted Bearth Grande Parade on Thursday, June 19 starting at 6 p.m.

Fire chief Jeff Anderson said his department has reached out to as many former firefighters as possible and they are expecting around 90 percent will participate in the festivities. Members from the Oakdale Fire Department will lead the parade with a ladder truck, as well as a flatbed trailer for the retirees. The parade route will begin at Geneva Avenue and 15th Street and travel east along 15th Street on its way to City Hall at 15th and Hadley.

On Saturday, July 19 the fire department is hosting open houses at Station One and Station Two from 1 to 3 p.m.  The department has placed banners with a new department logo commemorating 50 years of service in the community at the two stations and will unveil a new history wall at Station One during the open house. Fire Station One is located at 5000 Hadley Ave. N and Station Two is located at 6633 15th Street N.

Marty Jurgensen, coordinator of the 50th anniversary celebration committee, said the history wall will feature photos and text detailing the department’s significant milestones from its inception in 1964 up to today, which will overlay an old fire station photo from the 1970s. The committee is also putting together a slide show of photos for the event. Additionally, kids and adults will be able to tour the fire stations and get up close and personal with the equipment to see how it works.

The department is also hosting a golf outing at Oak Marsh Golf Course in Oakdale on Sunday, July 20. The outing will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. and is open to the public. To register visit Oakmarshgolf.com and click on “upcoming events.”  For more information on Summerfest activities see pages 12-14.

Josh Nielsen can be reached at jnielsen @lillienews.com or at 51-748-7822.


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