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Fueling the fire department: 4 full-time firefighters sworn in

City Administrator Charlene Stevens swore in new firefighters (from left) Peter Fischer, Tim Oachs, Christy Kreminski, Mike Armesto at the April 4 City Council meeting. Katie Nelson / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 2
Fire Chief Rick Redenius pins the badge on new firefighter Peter Fischer. Katie Nelson / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 2

COTTAGE GROVE — Mike Armesto, Christy Kreminski, Tim Oachs and Peter Fischer are the newest Cottage Grove firefighters.

The new firefighters have been on staff for about a yearlong probationary period, and will now be full staff members.

"Well-qualified staff here," Fire Chief Rick Redenius said. "They come with varying experiences from other fields, but also in the paramedicine fields and fire fields. So we are just gaining more knowledge in our service from these folks right here."

"We're very honored, and proud to have you here," he added.

The four were sworn in at the April 4 City Council meeting.

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