Anderson honored for 30 years of firefighting

Cliff Anderson was honored for 30 years of service with the Elk River Fire Department at the Oct. 7 City Council meeting.

Elk River Fire Chief T. John Cunningham (right) shook hands with Cliff Anderson, who was honored for 30 years with the fire department.

Elk River Fire Chief T. John Cunningham (right) shook hands with Cliff Anderson, who was honored for 30 years with the fire department.

Anderson is an on-call firefighter and assistant fire chief. He joined the department in 1983, following in the footsteps of his father, Russ, who served the fire department for 37 years, the last 13 as fire chief.

“The fire service is a family, often referred to as a brotherhood,” Fire Chief T. John Cunningham said. “The Anderson family has certainly embraced this tradition. In addition to Cliff and his father Russ, Cliff’s brothers, George and Denny, also jumped in.”

Cunningham called the family’s commitment to firefighting a “noble trait.”

Elk River firefighters with Cliff Anderson, as he marked 30 years with the fire department.

Elk River firefighters with Cliff Anderson, as he marked 30 years with the fire department.

Besides being a firefighter, Cliff Anderson is Elk River’s full-time fire marshal. Anderson began his full-time career with the city as a fire inspector and administrative assistant in 2000. The position eventually transitioned into fire marshal.

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