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David Quebodeaux (left) was named Firefighter of the Year for 2012 and Cottage Grove Fire Capt. Kevin Zittel received the Liberty Mutual Community Service Fire Mark of the Year award. Bulletin photo by Judy Spooner

Cottage Grove firefighters fueled by desire to serve

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Kevin Zittel and David Quebodeaux see firefighting as the ultimate puzzle. In an instant, a puzzle solution must be found in order to bring order out of chaos.


"We're also adrenaline junkies," Quebodeaux said in an interview.

Both men, who are emergency medical technicians in addition to being volunteer firefighters for the Cottage Grove Fire Department, were honored earlier this year for their work.

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Judy Spooner
Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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