Two new career firefighters hired by the Coon Rapids Fire Department were given the oath of office and received their badges during a ceremony at the March 7 Coon Rapids City Council meeting.
Both Joe Gottwaldt and Joe Eisenschenk have been promoted from the department’s paid on-call firefighters’ roster.
Gottwaldt grew up in Ramsey, graduated from Anoka High School, received a liberal arts degree from Anoka-Ramsey Community College, an associate of science degree in fire technology and administration from Lake Superior Community College and an associate of science degree in paramedicine from St. Cloud Technical College.
A paramedic with Allina since 2013, Gottwaldt has been a paid on-call firefighter in Coon Rapids since 2012.
Eisenschenk grew up in Andover, graduated from Andover High School and has been a Coon Rapids resident for over a decade.
His education includes firefighter 1, firefighter 2, emergency medical technician and a bachelor’s degree in biology. He has been a Coon Rapids paid on-call firefighter since 2013.
The two men were introduced by Fire Chief John Piper. The Fire Department takes great pride in the service it provides to the residents of Coon Rapids, but to accomplish its mission, it needs “trained, dedicated and compassionate personnel,” according to Piper.
“You have been chosen and trained to be firefighters for this organization,” Piper told Gottwaldt and Eisenschenk.
In addition to responding to emergencies, their duties are many, and as firefighters, they are responsible to maintain their knowledge, skills and physical abilities as well as “provide quality service to our customers,” he said.
“I know you will provide many years of excellent service to our city,” Piper said.
Mayor Jerry Koch administered the oath of office to both men, while Gottwaldt’s mother, Lynn, pinned his badge on him and Eisenschenk’s wife, Amber, performed his badge pinning ceremony.