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State Fire Marshal

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Honor Guard

What we do


How we can help you


Our 14-member group provides an honor guard and color presentation detail for special occasions including: Photo of 2017 honor guard

  • Retirements
  • Funerals
  • Conferences
  • Special events


Request the honor guard


All requests for the honor guard will be forwarded to the state fire marshal for consideration. To make a request, you can email one of the following three people: 



Did you know?

The Honor Guard provides bell ringing and family escorts at the annual Minnesota Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service.

Examples of events in which we have participated

  • The Minnesota State Fire Chief's Association memorial service
  • The third annual Minnesota Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service
  • The Annual State Fire Marshal Division staff conference
  • Line of duty Death Funeral - Firefighter Randy Hiti - Rice Lake Fire Department

A look back at 2017Photo of SFMD honor guard loading casket onto plane.

It was an extremely active year for the SFMD Honor Guard. Team members participated in two line of duty deaths. 

The Honor Guard also helped transfer a fallen firefighter arriving from Texas onto a plane at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport for her final flight home to North Dakota.

The SFMD Honor Guard participated in multiple flag (colors) presentations, including the Minnesota Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators annual conference, the SFMD annual conference, the Office of Pipeline Safety annual meeting, the State Fire Chiefs Conference and the Governor’s Fire Prevention Day Parade at the Minnesota State Fair. 


About us


Our creation


The Honor Guard Team was created after a retired staff member passed away in 2013 and his family requested the state fire marshal division staff participate in the visitation and funeral service. Several division staff came together to honor that request.
Photo of honor guard hat and ax




Amanda Swenson, Commander
Travis Ahren
James Iammatteo
Thomas Linhoff
Kevin McGinty
Kathi Osmonson
Ralph Peterson
Brian Petersen
Kerry Queen
Jared Rozeboom
Kevin Sedivy
Casey Stotts