Dan Bothman top FL firefighter

Dan Bothman is being recognized for his duties on the Forest Lake Fire Department. He was selected to be the 2011 Firefighter of the Year, Fire Chief Gary Sigrinius announced this week.

He joined the Forest Lake department in 1997 after serving on the Wyoming Fire Department.

He has stepped up to the plate numerous times, including deployment to Louisiana in support of Hurricane Rita victims, and airboat response to Owatonna to help in the aftermath of a flood, the chief said. During the operations in southern Minnesota, Bothman earned the city’s medal of valor. He is a Forest Lake native and owns Dan’s Towing.