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Fellow firefighters voted this year to honor River Falls native Ed Nicholson as Firefighter of the Year. Submitted photo

Fire department honors its chief engineer

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A 21-year veteran of both the fire department and ambulance service, Ed Nicholson, hadn't planned on attending the annual firefighters banquet. The busy man had other plans.

A colleague told him it wasn't optional, so he re-arranged. The FD's chief engineer, Nicholson said he had no idea he was receiving the Firefighter of the Year award.

Was he surprised?

"Yes, I was -- totally," he said.

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