Elk River fire fighters

Editor’s note: To mark Father’s Day, we’re featuring stories on some of the father-son firefighters in Elk River. The other stories include: •Steve and Nate Dittbenner: Father and son fight fires and make ambulance runs •Lyle, Phil and Jeremy Collins: Collins boys didn’t need convincing to follow Dad’s footsteps •Paul, Jeff and Duane Smith and […]

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by Joni Astrup Associate editor Steve and Nate Dittbenner once  helped deliver a baby in the back of an ambulance when they were unable to get to the hospital in time. It’s one of the memorable moments for the father and son, who are Elk River firefighters and EMTs with the Elk River Ambulance Service. […]

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by Jim Boyle Editor An Elk River firefighter talked Lyle Collins into joining the Elk River Fire Department in 1964. The Elk River man  went on to serve 20 years on the department, all while starting and raising a family of 13 with his wife DeLoris. Their children grew up hanging around the fire station, […]

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by Kate Kramer Staff intern Harry Kreuser and his son, Dan Kreuser, worked together at the Elk River fire station for about five years before Harry retired, and their commitment to serving the community only strengthened their father-son bond. When Harry talked with his family about becoming a firefighter more than 45 years ago, Dan […]

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by Bob Grawey Staff writer Paul Smith’s family has a combined 83 years of service with the Elk River Fire Department. He is retired now, and grandson Ryan Lore has moved away, but two sons and a son-in-law still remain active with the department. Jeff Smith is the senior member of the family now with […]

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