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Farmington rescue captain Christopher Matek, right, was named as the Farmington Firefighter of the Year for 2012. Matek is also the adviser for the FFD Explorer program, and is pictured awarding a pin to one of the members during the Jan. 11 annual banquet.

Matek is Farmington Firefighter of the Year

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When it comes to emergency services, there really isn't much 2012 Farmington Firefighter of the Year Christopher Matek hasn't done -- which is probably a good part of why he was selected for this year's honor.


Matek was named Firefighter of the Year during the Farmington Fire Department's annual banquet Jan. 11. Matek was chosen for the honor by a secret vote of his peers on the department.

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Michelle Leonard
Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and is the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 
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