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Eleven firefighters from Alexandria Fire Department attended the recent unveiling of the memorial Minnesota's fallen firefighters. Pictured are (front to back) Joe Cuperus, Dan Sieve, Jason Schmidt, QJ Warrey and Kris Pierce. They were carrying flags to dignitaries, who in turn presented those flags to the families of the fallen firefighters. (Contributed photo)

Fire and honor: AFD members attend memorial dedication service

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Since 1881, 207 Minnesota firefighters have died trying to save other lives. On Sunday, September 30, those brave people who died in the line of duty were honored at a ceremony at the State Capitol.


Several firefighters from Alexandria were able, and honored, to take part.

"Our guys have taken a great deal of pride in being part of that whole ceremony," said Alexandria Fire Marshal Dennis Stark. "It means an awful lot to them and a lot to the community too, I think."

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