South County public safety personnel were honored at the May 13 “Blue and Gold” event at the Old City Hall restaurant in Gilroy. The purpose of the 21st annual event, hosted by the Gilroy Exchange Club, is to recognize those public service officers and first responders “who have gone beyond the call of duty,” according to an announcement from the Exchange Club.
Presented Blue and Gold awards by their respective department’s top brass were Gilroy Fire Captain Jim Buessing, Morgan Hill Apparatus Engineer/Paramedic David Riley, CAL FIRE Captain Paramedic Jesse Winnen, Santa Clara County Sheriff Sgt. Rick Alanis, California Highway Patrol Officer Lori Gonzales, Morgan Hill Police Detective Jason Broyer and Gilroy Police Department Detective Bill Richmond.
In addition, Denise Brown was awarded the Book of Golden Deeds Award to recognize the quiet deeds of America’s unsung heroes.