Chamber to host ‘Salute to Local Heroes’

LA MESA -- The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will host its 10th annual “Salute to Local Heroes” dinner starting at 5 p.m., Thursday, March 8, at the Town and Country Resort Hotel, Town and Country Ballroom, 500 Hotel Circle North, in San Diego’s Mission Valley area.

 The event, open to the public, will include installation of board members, dinner, silent auction and recognition of eight local heroes from law enforcement, fire district, paramedic field and retired senior volunteer patrol. More than 200 people are expected to attend. The event theme is “One Jewel of a Night.” Cost to attend is $85 per person or two tickets for $150 and a table of eight for $600. Complimentary parking is included. Tickets may be purchased online at, or by calling the Chamber Office (619) 465-7700.

 “This unique event celebrates the strength of the community and honors eight local heroes that serve, protect and make sacrifices for our La Mesa community,” said La Mesa Chamber President and CEO Mary England.

 This year’s honorees include: Alex England, emergency medical technician, and Ben Schafer, medic, American Medical Response; Greg McAlpine, deputy chief, and Matthew Kirk, captain, Heartland Fire and Rescue; Eric Knudson, master officer, and Carlos Gaytan, officer, La Mesa Police Department; Mike Boatright and Chuck Jackson

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