State fire marshal Rosendahl to retire in December

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Minnesota's top fire official Jerry Rosendahl announced that he is retiring.

The Associated Press reports that Rosendahl who has been the state fire marshal in Minnesota for the last 10 years will retire in December, ending a 40 year career that began in 1974.

He began working as a volunteer firefighter in Woodbury. After that Rosendahl was the assistant chief in Hastings for seven years and served as the fire chief in Owatonna for 13 years. Before becoming the state fire marshal, Rosendahl was the state director of emergency management.

Just earlier this week the fire marshal's office announced that again fire deaths had dropped in 2012.

Rosendahl said he has enjoyed his travels to every corner of the state talking about fire safety.

Minnesota Public Radio reports that Rosendahl said he has enjoyed his travels to every corner of the state talking about fire prevention, safety, and fire department efficiency. He said, "It has been a dream come true."

State Public Safety Commissioner Mona Dohman announced Bruce West will replace Rosendahl on Dec. 4.

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