Incumbent Linda Broski is facing a challenge from firefighter paramedic Floyd Blake for the Subdistrict 2 seat on the Meramec Ambulance District Board.

Blake said he believes he can help the district move forward.

Broski, who is completing her first term on the Meramec Ambulance District board, is seeking a second term.

She is employed by the Meramec Valley R-III School District as a kitchen manager at Coleman Elementary.

Broski lives in Pacific and is active in community affairs. She is a member of the Pacific Partnership and a volunteer for all Partnership events. She also is a member of the Eagles Auxiliary and a frequent volunteer on school district committees.

She is seeking a second term because she enjoys working with the ambulance district employees. It was an employee who asked her to run for election to the board three years ago.

“It was a little scary at first because it was so new,” Broski said. “But after working with the other board members and the employees who are all trying to take the district forward I came to really enjoy it.

“It’s all about giving back to the community now that my kids are grown,” she said.

Broski has been married to her husband Paul for 28 years. They have two children, James, 24, and Brittany, 22.

Blake, a paramedic and firefighter with the Frontenac Fire Department, is a former employee of the ambulance district. He worked there as a paramedic from July 2009 to November 2011.

A lifelong resident of Pacific, Blake is a member of the Pacific Area Chamber of Commerce and the Pacific Partnership where he serves on the Cruise Night committee.

A graduate of Pacific High School, he began volunteering with the Pacific Fire District in 1994 as a junior in high school and volunteered with the district until 2001.

Blake was employed at Chrysler from 1995 until October 2000 when the plant closed. He decided to make a career as an EMT paramedic.

He completed four months of EMT training, 12 months of paramedic training and 12 weeks with the fire academy.

Blake said he wants to serve on the ambulance district board because he believes in giving something back to the community.

As a career paramedic and former employee of the district he knows many people in the district and believes a new face and that of a trained individual would be a benefit to the district.