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Adam Markert named La Crosse Firefighter of the Year




A 15-year veteran of the La Crosse Fire Department, who specializes in fitness training and Hazmat, received an annual award from his co-workers. 

The Firefighter of the Year trophy has been awarded within the La Crosse Fire Department for nine years. Adam Markert’s name is the latest to be added to the trophy.

Captain Adam Markert was voted the 2022 Firefighter of the Year, getting the award on Tuesday at the main fire station. 

Markert said the path to working as a fireman began after he finished college, and his attitude at the time was, “I feel like I could be doing other things that will benefit society a little more than just a sociology degree.”

“This job, you have a little bit of something different every day,” he added. “There’s excitement, there’s teaching, there’s learning constantly.”

Markert’s wife and children were on hand for the ceremony at Fire Station 1 on Market Street.

He spoke about his two families — at home and at the firehouse.

“This is my second family here,” he said, referring to the other firefighters, “but more importantly, my second family and my family, it becomes just one big family. Everybody looks out for each other.”

This is the ninth year that the La Crosse Fire Department has chosen a Firefighter of the Year from peer nominations and voting.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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