Albert Lea Fire Chief honored with Rose Olmsted Advocacy Award

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(ABC 6 News) – Freeborn County announced that Jeff Laskowske of Albert Lea has been awarded the 2022 Rose Olmsted Advocacy Award.

The selection committee recognized the outstanding commitment provided by Mr. Laskowske both professionally and personally.

Professionally, the nomination outlined the many improvements Mr. Laskowske has made as Albert Lea Fire Chief. It references the changes implemented as having his crews respond to not just fires, but accidents and medical emergencies as well. He added a sauna and set up better procedures for firemen to clean after fires, helping decrease changes of cancer from smoke and toxins, updated trucks and equipment and started the department’s drone program.

Chief Laskowske also played a key role in building the new fire station which has in turn benefited the entire community by providing better, more efficient services to the citizens.

The nomination went on to describe Mr. Laskowske’s personal contributions to the community as starting and coaching the Albert Lea Tigers Clay Target, Trap, Skeet and 5 Stand teams. The teams are all-inclusive, continue to grow each year and perform well in competition.

Coach Laskowske is also now in the process of starting up and overseeing an Albert Lea Tigers Archery Club. In addition, Mr. Laskowske volunteers at his church in various ways including snow removal, lawn care, cooking meals and working the yearly Live Nativity.

Jeff Laskowske clearly and completely embodies what the Rose Olmsted Advocacy Award represents.

The selection committee would once again like to congratulate Jeff Laskowske on receiving this award and all those who work so diligently with advocacy issues in Freeborn County throughout the year.

The Freeborn County Board of Commissioners will formally recognize Mr. Laskowske at the regular County Board Meeting on March 1, at 8:30 a.m. at the Freeborn County Government Center.