The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce held the eleventh annual Salute to Local Heroes dinner on Thursday, March 14th at the Town and Country Hotel. This annual celebration honors the brave men and women that are chosen by their organizations for their accomplishments from law enforcement, the fire district, the paramedic field and the retired senior volunteer patrol was an evening to behold. The event themed “Puttin’ on the Ritz” was an evening of pride and celebration.
This year’s heroes honored were: American Medical Response – Paramedic Christian Grote and Paramedic Aaron Thomas, Heartland Fire & Rescue – Engineer Dean Sergent, La Mesa Police Department – Crime Analyst Erin Jones and Detective Ryan Gremillion and La Mesa Police Department Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol – Johnny Florez and Mike Sparks.
The Chamber is grateful to the sponsors who made this evening possible. We thank our Presenting Sponsors: American Medical Response and EDCO. They are joined by the following sponsors: Grand Ritz Sponsor – SDG&E, Jazz Age Sponsor – Virginia Napierskie, Gatsby Sponsors – Barona Resort & Casino, Kirk Paving, Inc., Sycuan Casino Resort, and The Kitzman Family, Valentino Sponsors – AT&T, Carl Burger Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM World, Local Umbrella Media / La Mesa Village News and Westmont of La Mesa, Chaplin Sponsors – A.I.C., Inc., California Coast Credit Union – La Mesa, Dignity Memorial, Eco Office Solutions, First Command Financial Services, Heritage Inn La Mesa, Kappa Surveying & Engineering, La Mesa Floral Design Shoppe, La Mesa Woman’s Club, North Island Credit Union, San Diego Eye Professionals, Storage West , Surf Rider Pizza Co. and The Hills Local Pub. They are joined by: Dapper Media Sponsor – Discovering My City Magazine, Art Deco Printing Sponsor – AAA Imaging, Vintage Graphic Sponsor – Kostedt Design & Marketing, Glitz & Glam Awards Sponsor – Edible Arrangements – La Mesa, Roaring 20’s Location Sponsor – Town and Country San Diego, Speakeasy Production Sponsor – Studio M.I.F., Sparkle Swag Bag Sponsors – Courtyard by Marriott San Diego El Cajon and Fully Promoted / EmbroidMe–LaMesa and Swanky Parking Sponsor – Kirk Paving, Inc. Our evening was captured by our Bling Photographers – CeCe Photo and Sandra Small/ Photographer.