Retired Coon Rapids Fire Captain Ken Boelter has thrown his helmet in the race as a candidate for Coon Rapids City Council – Ward 2.
Boelter has been a resident of Coon Rapids for the last 16 years.
He began his public service career when he was 17, enlisting in the United States Marine Corp. He continued his service in the Air Force Reserve for a total of 22 years before retiring as a master sergeant in 2006.
Boelter was hired by the city of Coon Rapids as a member of the fire department in 1995 and was promoted to captain in 2005.
His career was cut short after sustaining a career ending injury while at a house fire. He completed a year’s worth of physical therapy at Sister Kenny Institute.
According to Boelter, while completing physical therapy, he received the 2011 Sister Kenny Inspiration Award “for his hard work and determination during his amazing recovery.”
He was instrumental in the planning and organizing of the Sept. 11 10-year anniversary ceremony at Coon Rapids High School last fall, Boelter said.
Boelter is member of the Trollhaugen Ski Patrol and is active at his youngest son’s school, Sand Creek Elementary.
He and his wife Lisa will be celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary next year. They have two boys, one a student at Northdale Middle School and the youngest, a student at Sand Creek Elementary.
Boelter has a long history of service to the community and has a desire to continue to make Coon Rapids a great place to live and raise a family, he said.