Waconia honors retiring firefighter Michael Gieseke

Waconia firefighter Michael Gieseke recently retired from the department after 18 years of service. During his time as a firefighter, Gieseke served as an emergency first responder and an officer for the fire department. In recognition of his dedication and commitment to the citizens of Waconia, Gieseke was honored during the Waconia City Council meeting on Monday, April 1. Mayor Jim Nash read a proclamation recognizing Gieseke, who also received a plaque and a hearty round of applause from those in attendance, which included more than a dozen Waconia firefighters. Pictured above, from left: Councilor Charles Erickson, Nash, Councilor Kent Bloudek, Gieseke, and councilors Marc Carrier and Lynn Ayers. (Patriot photo by Todd Moen)