Retired firefighter to be feted

Steve Engstran

A White Bear Lake council member's 30 years of service with the Fire Department will be recognized at its next meeting, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, at City Hall. 

Steve Engstran, the "old-timer in the department," retired as an EMT/firefighter on New Year's Day, 2021. He will miss "running into burning buildings," he told the Press ("30 years a good round number," Jan. 13), but he had reached the allowable retirement age for the department and decided it was time.

A celebration of his retirement is also planned at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, at The Village Sports Bar, 3600 Hoffman Road, White Bear Lake. The community is invited. 

A City Councilman serving his second term for Ward 5, Engstran works days at an auto parts store. He also announces and runs the clock for White Bear high school basketball, another job he’s had for 30 years.

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