Coon Rapids’ newest career firefighter is a lifelong resident of the city.
Robert Erickson was given the firefighter’s oath of office by Mayor Tim Howe at the May 6 Coon Rapids City Council meeting and selected his grandfather, Joe Hecht, to pin his firefighter’s badge on him.
Erickson graduated from Coon Rapids High School in 2009, where he played varsity hockey and golf.
A paid, on-call firefighter in Coon Rapids since 2010, Erickson’s education includes firefighter 1, firefighter 2, emergency medical technician and he studied fire science at Hennepin Technical College.
“I know you will provide many years of excellent service to our city, the community you have always called home,” said Fire Chief John Piper.
According to Piper, Erickson comes from a family that is active in Coon Rapids.
His late grandmother, Mary Lou Hecht, volunteered in city for over 30 years through the Coon Rapids Parks and Recreation Commission and Coon Rapids Athletic Association, while his mother, Sue Erickson, has been treasurer of CRAA for more than 25 years, Piper said.
The fire department takes great pride in the service it provides the citizens of Coon Rapids and to accomplish its mission, it needs trained, dedicated and compassionate personnel, he said.
The department has 31 career firefighters and 19 paid-on-call firefighters.