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Community members reflect on the life of Former Fire and Police Chief Steven Stoks

BIWABIK, MN– The man killed in an accident involving a garbage truck has been identified.

The Friends of the Northland Firewire reports that the man killed was identified as 61-year old Steve Stoks.

Authorities responded to the 300 block of Main Street in Biwabik around 8:30 Monday morning to a report of a man pinned between a fence, a dumpster and garbage truck.

Stoks died at the scene.

Stoks was a former Fire Chief for Hoyt Lakes. He recently retired as the Hoyt Lakes Police Chief. He served the Hoyt Lakes community and the surrounding areas for more than 30 years in public safety.

Steven Stoks spent more than 30 years of his life dedicated to public safety service as both Police Chief and Fire Chief of Hoyt Lakes.

“When you’re a fire chief and police chief in a small community you pretty much know everybody and you’re involved in one way or another with everyone. A lot of people are hurting and very hurt by this” according to Chris Vreeland, Hoyt Lakes Mayor

Stoks had since retired from public service, but those close to him say he couldn’t stop helping the community.

Steve was a great guy, very community oriented. He was very dedicated to the City of Hoyt Lakes, the City of Aurora, and the Town of White.

Current Hoyt Lakes Fire Chief Tony House says the city lost a leader, and he lost a mentor and close friend.

Steve was a great role model. I know personally I looked up to steve as a father figure…” according to Tony House, Hoyt Lakes Fire Chief

A figure that won’t soon be forgotten in the city of Hoyt Lakes and surrounding communities.

“It’s tough. It’s not easy to lose somebody that you’ve worked with, responded to calls with, and been involved in their life not only on duty but off duty. and it’s very difficult and it will be felt for awhile for us”
Kyle Chiaverini , Hoyt Lakes PD

Austin Haskins

Meteorologist/Web Producer

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