Salute to Local Heroes 2022 - Honorees

The fourteenth annual Salute to Local Heroes held on October 5, 2022, at the popular Sycuan Casino Resort was a night of celebration. This unique evening celebrates the strength of our community and honors eight local heroes that are dedicated to the citizens of our community. These heroes are from law enforcement, the fire district, the paramedic field, and the retired senior volunteer patrol. The ballroom was artfully decorated by Joannie Ham and her team from her local business, La Mesa Floral Design Shoppe.

This year’s heroes to be honored are American Medical Response – Paramedic Ruth Jewel Hamilton Wilson, EMT Dylan Lieto and EMT Brenda Winkle, Heartland Fire & Rescue – Fire Captain Dave Hardenburger, Fire Engineer Steve Harris and Firefighter Seth Perrins, La Mesa Police Department – Detective Justin Bourque and La Mesa Police Department Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol – Mike Boatright.

The Chamber is grateful to the sponsors who make this evening possible. We thank our Title Sponsor – Sycuan Casino Resort and Presenting Sponsors – EDCO and AMR. They are joined by Broadway Sponsors – Focuscom Inc. and McGee Mechanical, Hollywood Sponsor – Cox Communications and The Kitzman Family, Entertainer Sponsors – AT&T, Amanda Hammett Insurance & Financial Services – State Farm, Carl Burger Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM World, Gold Sponsors – A.I.C., Inc., California Coast Credit Union, Fully Promoted EmbroidMe La Mesa, Kappa Surveying & Engineering, Marque Urgent Care, Westmont of La Mesa, Artistic Designer – La Mesa Floral Design Shoppe, Awards Partner – Edible Arrangements – La Mesa, Printing Sponsor – AAA Imaging and Graphic Design Sponsor – Kostedt Design & Marketing.

The evening was captured by Directors of Photography Sandra Small/ Photographer and Photographer, Yvette Zehnr of, with live social media coverage facilitated by social media Partner, Focuscom Inc.

Photos Courtesy of Sandra Small/ Photographer and

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