Frykman to retire after 16 years with Lake Region Ambulance

Mike Bellmore, Features Editor

Mike Frykman has announced his retirement from the Lake Region Ambulance Service in Devils Lake.

The 64-year-old has worked there 16 years, from 1995-2011, as a fulltime emergency medical technician.

He recently underwent back surgery for bone spurs, causing him pain when lifting patients.

“Before the surgery, I?had a lot of trouble lifting patients,” said Frykman. “Those problems started about nine years ago.”

Frykman says he got into the EMT business in Bottineau, and continued it when he moved here to Devils Lake.

He worked here part-time with the Lake Region Ambulance Service, taking transfer patients to certain locations.

Since that time, he has worked for the     New Rockford Ambulance squad while working for Prairie Press and Transcript Publishing before going fulltime.

“I enjoyed the work and the employees,” says Frykman. “I’ve seen many changes in the EMS field over the years. There’s more advanced training and  we’ve learned more techniques.”

“But I just decided after the back surgery it was time to quit,” he said.

Frykman’s surgery was in December.

Frykman is remaining as a part-time employee at Hoiberg’s Office Supply and Printing Centre as a press operator.

He’s also helping out at Transcript Publishing in New Rockford.

Frykman, a  graduate of Minot Ryan High School and North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, has 48 years in the printing industry.

He is currently a member of the Devils Lake Park Board.

Frykman and his wife, Jean, are parents of three daughters, Cathy, Bonita and Anne. They have one grandchild, Elizabeth.