Anderson retires from department after 36 years

By Todd Moen, Editor

For the first time in 36 years, the Waconia Fire Department does not have the honor of calling Loren Anderson a member. Anderson voluntarily resigned from the department effective June 1, noting it was time for him to step aside.

"My decision to retire is based on the fact that I am getting older than dirt and I want to spend more time traveling, hunting, and fishing," he wrote in his resignation letter.

"The last 36 years have provided me with some of the best memories of my life. The experiences I have had, and friends that I have made, will always be a large part of my life," wrote Anderson, who served three fire chiefs – Norval Schmandke, Randy Sorensen, and current chief Mark Morse – during his time on the department.

"All of them have taught me the roles of a firefighter, but I have also learned valuable life lessons," Anderson wrote. "I have learned bad things happen to good people and life as we know it can change in a heartbeat due to circumstances out of our control."

For 33 of his 36-year career that began in 1976, Anderson held a leadership role on the Waconia Fire Department, including Assistant Engine Captain, Engine Captain, Assistant Chief, and President of the Relief Association.

"I hope I have made a difference in this department," Anderson wrote. "I have tried to encourage the younger members to get …

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