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Q and A: Firefighter of the Year is having fun on the job


The Farmington Fire Department held its annual meeting last Friday. One of the highlights of the meeting is the announcement of the new Fire Fighter of the Year.

The 2009 Firefighter of the Year is Joe Tullar, a 13-year veteran of the department.

Tullar moved to Farmington in 1985. After serving active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps, he returned to Farmington and, in June, 1996, joined the Farmington Fire Department.

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Michelle Leonard
Michelle Leonard started covering the Farmington community in June, 1994. 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 Farmington American Legion Auxiliary Unit 189, and acts as 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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