Man Thanks Firefighters By Paying Their Bill At Restaurant

Bemidji Pioneer

Bemidji firefighter Kent Minske was one of 33 firefighters who responded early Saturday morning to a house fire in Beltrami County. The temperatures then dipped as low as 40 degrees below zero. Submitted Photo Courtesy Bemidji Fire Department.

While battling an 11-hour fire Saturday in Turtle Lake Township, Acting Fire Chief Kelly Skime went to Hardee’s to buy firefighters some lunch.

The total was about $93, he said.

But when he placed his credit card on the counter, a customer from one of the booths approached him.

“I’m going to get this,” Skime said the man said.

Skime told him he didn’t have to do that, but the unknown man insisted.

The Hardee’s encounter took place about eight hours after firefighters responded to the house fire.

Other people bought the firefighters pizza. Bemidji School District furnished a bus so firefighters could stay warm on the site, where it was about 40 below zero. Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp personally served firefighters coffee.


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