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Firefighters with the Willmar Fire Department extinguish a car fire around 3:30 p.m. Jan. 14 in Willmar. Fourteen firefighters with the Willmar Fire Department have submitted letters of resignation to receive full payments from their retirement fund before the fund runs out of money. Tribune file photo

Official says Willmar safe despite firefighter retirements

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WILLMAR -- Willmar residents and their property were assured Monday night that they'll have adequate fire protection even though 14 of the 42 paid on-call firefighters in the Willmar Fire Department resigned unexpectedly to receive pension benefits remaining in their diminishing investment portfolio.

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