Photos By Sandra Small Photographer.

The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce held its 10th annual Salute to Local Heroes on Thursday, March 8th at the Town and Country Hotel and celebrated our own group of “Oscar” winners. This year’s 8 heroes are as important to our community as any “Best Picture” or “Best Actor.” They have made a tremendous impact on the lives of others through their heroic acts, years of service, the recovery of stolen vehicles, and numerous volunteer hours through the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol. This year’s heroes are: American Medical Response, Alex England and Ben Schafer, Heartland Fire & Rescue – La Mesa, Fire Captain Matthew Kirk and Deputy Fire Chief Greg McAlpine, La Mesa Police Department, Officer Carlos Gaytan and Master Officer Eric Knudson, and La Mesa Police Department Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol, Mike Boatright and Chuck Jackson. These fine men have made a tremendous difference in our community and the annual dinner allows the entire community to come together and honor them.

The Chamber is grateful to the sponsors who made this jeweled themed evening possible:

Presenting Sponsors:
Virginia Napierskie

Diamond Sponsor:
American Medical Response

Sapphire Sponsors:
Barona Resort & Casino
Sycuan Casino
The Kitzman Family

Ruby Sponsor:
Kirk Paving, Inc.

Emerald Sponsors:
Carl Burger Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM World
Kanban Signs
Lily’s Manufactured Homes
Mission Federal Credit Union
San Diego Eye Professionals

Garnet Sponsors:
A.I.C., Inc.
California Coast Credit Union
Clemens Real Estate Group
Heritage Inn La Mesa
Himalayan Cuisine
Kappa Surveying & Engineering
Mr. Handyman Serving La Mesa
North Island Credit Union
Storage West
The Hills Local Pub
USE Credit Union

Community Relations Media Sponsor:
The East County Herald

Pearl Printing Sponsor:
AAA Imaging

Creative Design Sponsor:
Kostedt Design & Marketing

Director of Photography:
Sandra Small Photographer

Logistical Sponsor:
Town and Country Resort & Convention Center

Topaz Production Sponsor:
Studio M.I.F.

Opal Photo Sponsor:
DMZ Business Solutions

Specialty Sponsors:
Courtesy TV – Sales & Service
Experimac of La Mesa
Fonseca’s Design Shop

Swag Bag Sponsors:
Courtyard by Marriott San Diego El Cajon
Magnaglobe Enterprises

Jewel Friend Sponsor:
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Amethyst Awards Sponsor:
Edible Arrangements – La Mesa