North St. Paul Fire Department hosted their annual appreciation banquet on January 18, 2019. It is a time to thank the firefighters, their families and retirees for their dedication to the citizens of North St. Paul. The event was well attended by firefighters and their guests, retirees and City Council members. Each year Fire Chief Duddeck and officers recognize members of the department who go above and beyond what is expected of them. This year the 2018 Firefighter of the Year Award was presented to Lieutenant Chris Mellen. Chief Officers presented the award to Lieutenant Mellen for his outstanding work ethic and professionalism towards the citizens he serves, his superb attendance to Fire & EMS calls, and his dedication to training by attending on-going classes. Lieutenant Mellen is a firefighter that others look up to and will assist in any situation.
The 2018 Chief’s Award of Excellence chosen by Chief Duddeck, was presented to Captain Mike Richter and Firefighter Rolando Leon. The award recognizes Captain Richter and Firefighter Rolando for the impact they have made to the department. Both Captain Richter and Firefigher Leon have outstanding performance in the areas of service hours worked, training, leadership abilities, communication, and knowledge, as well as their dedication to serve the community with a positive attitude.
The department also honored Captain Ryan Anderson and Firefighter Mike Stahnke who retired with 10 years of service. Fire Chief Duddeck expressed his sincere gratitude for their commitment and service to the community.
The North St. Paul Fire Department is a combination department with three full-time and 32 paid-per-call employees. Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulance service is provided by Lakeview Hospital EMS Paramedics who are based at the fire station. In 2018, the department responded to 1,318 Rescue/Medical calls with 80% of those EMS related. The department averages four calls per day.