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Forum News Service, Published December 14 2013

Procession honors Rice Lake fire chief

DULUTH, Minn. – Fire trucks draped in black took part in a funeral procession Friday for Rice Lake Fire Chief Matt Frantz in Duluth.

Trucks from more than a dozen Minnesota fire departments – including Duluth, Rice Lake and other surrounding communities, and from as far away as Grand Marais, Virginia, Grand Rapids and Eden Prairie – took part in the procession from Dougherty Funeral Home to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in the Woodland neighborhood.

Frantz, 42, had been a member of the Rice Lake Volunteer Fire Department since 2000 and became fire chief in 2009. He also was a driver for UPS, and died Monday while at work.