Eagan Rotary recognizes safety officers

The Eagan Rotary Club recognized Eagan Police Lt. Nathan Tennessen and firefighter Tim Bush for exceptional public safety service.

Eagan Police Lt. Nathan Tennessen (left) is given the Rotary award by Police Chief Jim MacDonald. Photo submitted.

“The Eagan Rotary Club is proud to recognize the heroic work from our police and fire departments on an annual basis,” said Mike Lavin, director of the Eagan YMCA and chair of the Vocational Services committee for Eagan Rotary. “Our two awardees, Lt. Nathan Tennessen and firefighter Tim Bush exemplify the Eagan Rotary Club motto of ‘Service Above Self,’ as we all work together to promote a stronger Eagan community.”

Tennessen has been a police officer for 20 years. Currently an operations lieutenant, he expanded his skills and expertise as a patrol and investigative sergeant, SWAT team leader and field training officer. Along with two other officers, he was given the 2017 Medal of Honor for Critical Incidents for his actions in a 2016 active shooter incident. Before coming to the police force, he graduated from Benilde St. Margaret’s High School and Providence College in Rhode Island. He later earned a master’s degree in police leadership from the University of St. Thomas. Tennessen lives in Eagan with his wife and four children.

Tim Bush

Bush has been on the Eagan force as a volunteer and paid on-call firefighter for 25 years. He has the department’s highest percentage of responses to emergency calls.

Bush has sharpened his emergency response skills by regularly attending outside training programs. His knowledge and abilities with hazardous materials and use of Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus equipment elevated him to become the key instructor in the Eagan-sponsored Northern Dakota Fire Training Academy. Bush’s training has touched numerous new volunteer firefighter recruits from cities throughout Dakota County.

On evenings and weekends over the past 15 years, Bush has volunteered to share his expertise and leadership with SCBA equipment. He taught classes and prepared equipment for use. His dedication and commitment have “saved countless dollars” in the fire department budget, according to Eagan Fire Chief Mike Scott, and created one of the best prepared fire departments in the industry to serve the Eagan community.

When not busy volunteering, Bush is the deputy fire chief for the city of Maple Grove and has been there since 2008.

The Rotary Club of Eagan was founded in 1987 and is affiliated with Rotary International. The club has 83 members. Meetings are Wednesdays at noon at the Lost Spur Golf Club in Eagan. More information is at eaganrotary.org and Facebook.