La Crosse Fire Department adds new engine, remembers fallen fire fighter

Engine 4 was formally put into service for the La Crosse Fire Department on Saturday with a celebration including ice cream, cake and Mayor Tim Kabat, who spoke at the event.

The celebration was also an opportunity for remembrance.

The new engine and a memorial were dedicated to LCFD engineer Donald Asselin, who’s 1997 death from cancer was one of the cases that motivated the creation of new laws to protect the health of fire fighters.

“When people see his name on a truck — and having it be a north-side truck, which is where he grew up — you know, it just means that much more,” said Asselin’s daughter Krista Weigel.

The commemoration was at Fire Station Number 4.

Asselin was a fire fighter for more than 17 years.