Crosslake, MN, Fire Chief also Super Bowl Champion

Feb. 12, 2024
Fire Chief Chip Lohmiller,, the kicker for the former Washington Redskins, traded in his cleats for fire boots.

A fire chief in a small Minnesota town has something special -- a Super Bowl ring.

Crosslake Fire Chief Chip Lohmiller was the kicker for the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XXVI. 

"My father was in the fire service and so that carried over to me and I joined right when I got out of the NFL. I wanted to be a part of a team. I enjoy the energy, the adrenaline rush so to speak but also serving the community and helping the community out," Lohmiller told WCCO during an interview in his fire station.

Since he traded in his cleats for fire boots, Lohmiller has been a coach to both his firefighters and the local high school football team.

"It's fun to teach new firefighters or new departments new things and you always learn something," he said.

He recalled taking his teammates ice fishing.

"They kept saying, 'Why is this road so bumpy. Why don't they plow it?' I said, 'We're on the lake.' And they were trying to stand up in the back seat because they were worried we were going to crash through the water," the chief said with a laugh. 

He has special memories from that 1992 game.

"Playing in front of my fans from the state of Minnesota and actually winning, beating Buffalo, it was the highlight of my life."