Sherwood named new Bemidji Fire Chief

Justin Sherwood recently accepted the Fire Chief position at the Bemidji Fire Department.

Former Chief David Hoefer retired at the end of last year, while Sherwood was captain.

Chris Loebs will now be interim captain, and the department is looking to hire another full-time firefighter.

Sherwood has 16 years of experience with the Bemidji Fire Department and a total of 18 years experience in fire service.

Sherwood’s first day as Chief will be Feb. 28.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University.


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