Lewis, HVFD Board chairwoman, resigns

KINGMAN - During her four years on the Hualapai Valley Fire District Board of Directors, Patti Lewis helped orchestrate the addition of a fire station and the merger with the Valle Vista Fire District.

Lewis, who served as chairwoman during the last two years, was a valuable supporter of the district, Hualapai Valley Fire Chief Wayne Eder said.

"I think she's been a tremendous help to the district," Eder said.

"We're just sorry to see her go."

Lewis, who submitted her resignation March 15 due to personal health issues, said she planned to continue supporting the district.

"I have enjoyed my time with the Board and the district, and I will make every attempt to be around if you should need me," Lewis said in the resignation.

"I believe the district is moving forward and will come through the growth problems and issues it faces today."

Lewis currently lives in the Lake Juniper subdivision, but was born and raised in Albuquerque, N.M. She is the widow of attorney Jerry A. Lewis and has two sons.

Early last year, the fire district dedicated the 4,000-square-foot Fire Station No. 3 on the one and one-third acres donated by Lewis.

"Without her the station wouldn't have been possible," Eder said.

The station services the area around the Lake Juniper and Fountain Hills subdivisions. Its construction was funded without taxpayer dollars, according to Eder, using earnings from wildland fire assistance, donations and grants.

Most recently, Lewis oversaw the merger between HVFD and VVFD.

Outside her work with the fire district, Lewis has also written "Victim Condemned." Lewis describes the book as "a story of a portion of my journey through life that took me through unbelievable trials and tribulations."

Lewis' term on the Board was due to expire Nov. 30, 2010. Applications for her vacant seat are being accepted by the fire district until the Board meeting at the beginning of July.