Attend the Award of Valor luncheon to honor Lakewood’s finest

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Some of the Award of Valor winners from 2016.

Every November at the Award of Valor Luncheon, Lakewood takes the time to recognize Sheriff’s deputies, firefighters and residents who have demonstrated heroism and outstanding service to the community. This year will follow that tradition, with a luncheon at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at The Centre at Sycamore Plaza. The RSVP deadline is Friday, Oct. 27. The Award of Valor annual luncheon brings together more than 400 people, including Lakewood civic and business leaders, public safety professionals, block captains, Sheriff’s Station volunteers, Volunteers on Patrol and residents. Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl L. Osby and Sheriff Jim McDonnell will speak and join the Lakewood community in a show of support and appreciation for local heroes and public safety personnel. Retired KOCE-TV news anchor Ed Arnold will serve as Master of Ceremonies. “This event is a great opportunity to say thank-you to the Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters who work hard every day protecting and serving us, and to the community volunteers who have gone above and beyond in the cause of public safety in Lakewood,” Mayor Diane DuBois said. “If you are able to, I hope you can join us at this wonderful and meaningful annual Lakewood event.” Reservations are required. Tickets are $30 each and tables of nine are available for $270 if purchased by 5 p.m. on October 27. After that, tickets will be $40. Seats are not guaranteed after November 1. Checks should be made payable to the City of Lakewood and mailed with names of participants to: Lakewood City Hall, c/o Community Relations Office, 5050 Clark Avenue, Lakewood, California 90712. Tickets can also be purchased online at lakewoodcity.org/AOVtickets. Contact Lakewood’s Community Relations Office at 562-866-9771, extension 3123, for more information.