Former Sartell Fire Chief Jim Sattler Retires After 33 Years


SARTELL – A longtime member of the Sartell fire department called it a career.

Jim Sattler was honored in a special retirement ceremony at Monday’s city council meeting.

Sattler says he has seen a lot of growth and change within the Sartell community during his three decades of service.

You know, my first year in 1988, there were probably 4,000 people and we were answering maybe 25 calls a year. Now that the town is approaching 20,000 people, we are on our fourth fire station and have just added our first flatbed truck.

Sattler served with the Sartell Fire Department for more than 33 years and became fire chief in 2016. He became deputy fire chief last year when the department hired its first full-time fire chief.

Sattler says that while he may not be responding to fire calls, he still has one last job for the department to complete.

I plan to spend some time here as we are still working on a project for the station, which is a fire department history wall. I intend to spend a lot of time on what is very humbling to look at the 100 year history of the ministry.

Sattler says he is grateful for the opportunity to serve the community and thanks the city, current and past members of the department and the community for their continued support.

The Sartell Fire Department is a combined fire department with a full-time fire chief and fire marshal along with approximately 30 paid on-call firefighters who serve the communities of Sartell and LeSauk Township.

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