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Andrews, Wright and Kroner ahead in race for 3 seats // SPRING HILL FIRE AND RESCUE

Dennis Andrews, Eugene Wright and Alfred Kroner took an early lead Tuesday night in the race to fill three vacant seats on the board of the Spring Hill Fire and Rescue District.

Early returns put Andrews in first place, followed by Wright and Kroner.

Andrews, 43, was a firefighter/paramedic for the Hialeah Fire Department for 14 years. He worked for the Spring Hill district for 7{ years before resigning as assistant chief in September 1995, when he was accused of poor financial decisions regarding the district.

"The public showed they had confidence in me by electing me.


." Andrews said. "I plan on honoring them by doing the best job possible."

Wright, 51, a former Long Island, N.Y., firefighter, has 33 years of fire service experience. He has served two four-year terms on the Spring Hill fire commission and has been named chairman twice.

"I'm very excited that the people believe and trust in me again," said Wright, adding that he hoped to bring stability to the sometimes tumultuous board.

Kroner, 62, is sales and marketing director at the Weeki Wachee Holiday Inn. He promised to run the fire district like a business and keep taxpayers informed about how their money is spent.

Thomas Langone, a disabled police officer, Warren Happold, a retired firefighter, and Salvatore Rotella, a computer programer, were running fourth, fifth and sixth in the race.

The fire board sets policy and oversee the district's finances and operations. The board consists of five unpaid members.