andover fire department

With their Andover home lying in ruins behind them, smoldering from the fire that had just been put out, Kyle Savelkoul got down on one knee, held out a ring a firefighter had pried from a melted box and asked for his girlfriend Cheryl Bessette to marry him.

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With the National Fire Protection Association-recognized Fire Prevention Week Oct. 6-12, many local fire departments are hosting open houses to give residents a chance to tour fire stations and vehicles and see demonstrations on what firefighters could do any week of the year.

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Whether they were walking by the crime lab or in a holding cell, seeing the inside of an emergency command vehicle or boat or listening to stories from an Anoka County historian, a Sept. 18 open house gave Anoka County residents a chance to learn about the past and present of the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office.

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