Retired veteran Plum Lake Fire Department firefighter Jim Errington was honored recently for his pivotal role 40 years ago in helping spearhead efforts for the construction of a satellite station at Star Lake.

Encompassing the town of Plum Lake, inclusive of the unincorporated communities of Sayner and Star Lake, the Plum Lake Fire Department originally consisted of a station in downtown Sayner. Four decades ago, the residents of Star Lake, represented by Plum Lake volunteer firefighter Jim Errington, petitioned for a satellite station in their community, a request that was rebuffed by the town board.

Along with the Star Laker’s Club, organized in the 1960’s as a community group dedicated to preserving the Star Lake area and its North Woods heritage, Errington spearheaded a successful fundraising campaign that would pave the way for the purchase of a Star Lake-based fire truck, the purchase of a small piece of property, and the construction of a satellite fire station.

In a Dec. 16 ceremony at the department’s annual holiday dinner at Sayner Pub, Plum Lake Fire Chief Kevin Rasmussen presented Errington with a “Pioneering Award” for his efforts promoting improved emergency services for Star Lake, as well as his many years of dedicated service to the Plum Lake Fire Department.

“It’s a testament to Jim to be honored for his foresight in protecting the community of Star Lake,” said Rasmussen.

Errington’s sons, firefighters Gary and Mike Errington, and his grandson, firefighter Capt. Rob Errington, are all active members of the Plum Lake Fire Department.