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July 2006 Citizen of the Month

Marty Hansen, an all around great guy, is one of the most valuable assets to our community. Marty was raised in the Philip area. He pursued his career of taxidermy at the James Reinhart School of Taxidermy in Iowa. Following school, he returned to his hometown, and in 1976 opened Hansen’s Taxidermy. His work can be viewed in area homes and businesses, as well as across the nation.

Marty is known for wearing many hats in the community. As the Chief of the Philip Volunteer Fire Dept. since 1999, he has done an outstanding job. He was a volunteer fireman for many years prior to being the Chief. In the last five years he has been an EMT-Intermediate with the Philip Ambulance Service, a certified diver, past Haakon County Emergency Manager, past little league baseball coach, assists with the set up of local cross country events, performs skunk control for the City of Philip, is a major coordinator in the activities of the fire dept. including, but not limited to, demolition derbies, mud bogs, training, grant applications, raffles and fireworks displays. And not only in Philip, but he also assists with displays in the Milesville and Kadoka areas.

Marty enjoys car races, trapping and selling minnows, and taking care of animals that need nurturing before returning to the wild. Marty continues to be an influential role model for our youth and has helped keep many of them out of trouble. Besides all of the community involvement, Marty is also a dedicated husband to his wife, Debbie, of 30 years, father to three daughters, and grandfather to one granddaughter. It has been said that his granddaughter, Jayda, holds the string around his finger and heart.

Marty has been nominated by Robert Oettel for doing a super job as Chief of the Philip Volunteer Fire Dept., his involvement in many other volunteer community activities and for being an all-around nice guy. Marty is always willing to help; some say that he should maybe try to say “no” every once in awhile, just not to them.

”Thanks Marty for all you do. It is greatly appreciated by the whole community!”