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August 12, 2011
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Fire chief to retire next month

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. - Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District Chief Guy LeFever will retire Sept. 2 after nearly 33 years at the district.

LeFever, 55, thanked fellow firefighters and district board members in a July 22 retirement letter.

"I think back to those influential years and realize just how lucky I was to be a member of this fire department," LeFever said. "I also credit my loving family for their support through the years, and reflect back on the number of people who have had an incredible influence in my life."

During a Friday phone interview LeFever also said he was grateful for the "unwavering support" the fire district has received from the community over the years.

He said intends to stay in the Lake Tahoe Basin during his retirement and assist in tying up a couple of loose ends, including finding a permanent home for the Zephyr Fire Crew.

The development of the team was one of the accomplishments LeFever highlighted while looking back on his career. Dramatically improving response time for cardiac patients was another.

In his retirement letter, LeFever also noted the difficulty of maintaining quality services during the past six years in an era of declining public budgets.

"I can only stay positive with the belief that the worst is behind us," LeFever said. "The future remains optimistically uncertain, but I believe we have positioned the District's budget and future operational plan on the right path."

The district's board will discuss the replacement of LeFever at a special meeting Monday, LeFever said.

Assistant Fire Chief Van Ogami is expected to serve as chief until a replacement for LeFever is found.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Aug 12, 2011 08:03PM Published Aug 12, 2011 08:01PM Copyright 2011 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.