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Fire department battalion chief dies in logging accident

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Rochester Fire Department Battalion Chief Chuck Hermann received a Mayor's Medal of Honor Award in December 2010. Hermann died Thursday in a logging accident.

Rochester Fire Department Battalion Chief Chuck Hermann died Thursday while logging on property that he owns, according to Deputy Chief Steve Belau.

Hermann was off duty at the time of the accident, Belau said. Details of what happened are still being developed, Beleau said, adding that he didn't know at what time the accident occurred.

Hermann was an auctioneer with decades of experience who specialized in real estate. He was the owner of Hermann Auctions, a business that has been in his family since 1972.

Hermann was a board member at GreatDeeds, a Rochester-based charitable and educational organization, and a member of Firefighters for Christ.

He was honored as the city received a Department of Defense Patriot Award in 2007, and he received the Mayor's Medal of Honor Award in December 2010.

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