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Firefighter Joseph Johns served with the Eagan and Eden Prairie fire departments

By Kristi Miller
Pioneer Press

EAGAN, Minn. — An Eagan and Eden Prairie firefighter “tragically passed away” Sunday, according to the Eagan Fire Department in a Facebook post.

Joseph Johns died early Sunday morning, according to a post on X by the Eden Prairie Fire Department.

“Joseph was not only a dedicated career firefighter with the Eagan Fire Department but also actively served as a duty-crew firefighter with the Eden Prairie Fire Department,” the post said, noting that he began with the department in January 2020 after having previously volunteered with the Eden Prairie Fire Department .

“We are grateful for everyone’s kindness, patience, and empathy as we navigate this moment of profound loss,” the post said. “Our hearts are with both Joseph’s family and our fire family.”

“Johns was a dedicated and passionate member of our local and loved serving the city of Eagan. He will be greatly missed,” the Eagan Professional Firefighters Local 5171 posted on X, formerly Twitter.

The Eden Prairie Fire Department posted on X, “He was a valued and important member of both the EPFD and Eagan FD. Our hearts are with both Joseph’s family and his fire service family.”

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