Fire district board fills vacancy with local physician

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By Sandy Barnes

Evergreen physician Valeri Leswing is the newest member of the Evergreen Fire Protection District board. She was selected unanimously by the board at Tuesday evening's meeting to replace former member Charles Dykeman, who recently moved from the area.

"Valeri brings some unique qualifications to the board," said board member Charles Simons.
Leswing is a pediatric emergency medicine physician who is certified in advanced life trauma and pediatric support. She owns Mountain Pediatrics in Evergreen and previously served as an attending physician in emergency services.
During her interview March 5 with other candidates, Leswing said she could bring her experience in emergency room management to the position, and that she would also be willing to assist EMTs and first responders in the Evergreen fire department with training.
Leswing has voiced support for the controversial fire training facility in progress at Fire Station 2.
"The training facility will really help us all be safe," she said.
Leswing said she had initial concerns about the project, but was reassured after talking with Evergreen Fire Chief Mike Weege.

Leswing's appointment comes amid a campaign to recall the other four members of the board over their decision to build the training facility in Bergen Park. The recall election is scheduled for April 23.