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Fire district fills open commission seat

February 14, 2018
By MELISSA BILL (news@breezenewspapers.com) , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District commissioners voted in a replacement to one of their current board openings during their regular monthly meeting held on Jan. 23.

William Liedtke was selected as the person to fill one of the empty board seats left vacant by the suspension of former commissioner Robert John Anderson in 2017. Liedtke was selected after a majority vote by commissioner board members.

According to Commissioner Cathy Kruse, the commissioners felt that it was time they filled at least one seat on the board to provide a quorum in case someone is out.

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The fire district also held its Awards and Promotions Ceremony at Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District’s campus on Jan. 25. Among those awarded included Engineer Tanner Mack, Fire Fighter of the Year; Tradesman Eric Williams, Employee Performance Award and four rescue groups who received the honorable Phoenix Award.

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"We felt it was best to go back and look at the people that originally ran for the District 3 seat against Anderson in November 2016. This gave voters another chance to determine the outcome by going with the first runner up according to votes. Clearly this person was the second person in line on the original votes," said Commission Chair Cathy Kruse.

Liedtke is longtime resident of Lehigh Acres and a former fire deputy who was honored upon retirement from fire district in 2011. He will sit in at the fire district's next commission meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 28.

"He will be sitting in at our next board meeting where we will welcome him officially," said Kruse.

The board will hold off on filling the remaining open District 5 seat once held by Fire Commissioner Matt Smith until election time.

"We are keeping the other seat open to give individuals who would like to run a chance to put in their paperwork prior to elections this fall. Those interested need to submit the proper paperwork and announce their desire to run sometime between May and June," Kruse said.

The fire district also held its Awards and Promotions Ceremony at Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District's campus on Jan. 25.

Individuals were honored with awards including Fire Fighter of the Year, Employee Performance Award, employee promotions and the prestigious Phoenix Award.

Among those awarded were Engineer Tanner Mack, Fire Fighter of the Year; Tradesman Eric Williams, Employee Performance Award and four rescue groups who received the honorable Phoenix Award.

The Phoenix Award is presented to emergency responders who responded to EMS calls that resulted in a cardiac "save" or the resuscitation of a patient who is found without a pulse and not breathing.

"It was really amazing to hear the stories from these Individuals who were involved in these rescues, as well as hear from them and their families," said Kruse.

According to Kruse, even though the fire district has suffered some losses post hurricane Irma, the staff has pulled together and provided the highest standards of service to the area.

"Feels really good to part of such as great team of individuals who are working so well together to get the job done," said Kruse.

Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District will hold its next regular monthly Aboard meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 5 p.m., at the station #104 conference room at 3102 16th Street SW, Lehigh Acres.

 
 

 

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