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Local businessman, first responders and others honored with top awards at Chamber breakfast


Pictured (l to r) are Long Beach Police Chief Billy Seal, 2022 Police Officer of the Year recipient Detective Brad Gross, Mayor George Bass, and Long Beach Chamber of Commerce Chair Melissa Rae Seymour.

While Mayor George Bass was the main speaker at the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Breakfast with the Mayor, a longtime local businessman, first responders and a utility worker were also in the spotlight as the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce presented its yearly awards for outstanding performance and achievements in the City’s private and public sectors.

Long Beach Mayor George Bass presented John Bull, owner of Bull’s restaurant in downtown Long Beach, with the 2022 Aline Doherty Citizen of the Year Award recipient.



Pictured (l to r) are Mayor George Bass, 2022 Aline Doherty Citizen of the Year award recipient John Bull, and Long Beach Chamber of Commerce Chair Melissa Rae Seymour.


“When COVID hit, he took care of his employees,” Mayor Bass said. The mayor also pointed out how the long-time businessman always pitches in and helps local schools.

Joe Culpepper, with h20 Innovation, presented Avery Taylor with the Utility Person of the Year Award for 2022. Taylor has been employed with the Public Works Department for more than forty years.



Pictured (l to r) are Long Beach Chamber of Commerce Chair Melissa Rae Seymour, Mayor George Bass, 2022 Utility Person of the Year award recipient Avery Taylor, and Joe Culpepper from h20 Innovation.

“Avery is always willing to stay late and get the job done,” Culpepper says.

Long Beach Fire Chief Griff Skellie took the podium to announce Lee Jordan as this year’s recipient the First Responders of the Year award for the fire department.



Pictured (l to r) are Long Beach Fire Department Chief Griff Skellie, 2022 Long Beach Firefighter of the Year award recipient Lee Jordan, Mayor George Bass and Long Beach Chamber of Commerce Chair Melissa Rae Seymour.


“He’s been with us for four-and-a-half years,” Chief Skellie said. “He was born to do this job. Everywhere he turns, his work is over the top.”

Police Chief Billy Seal presented Long Beach Police Department’s award for 2022 to Detective Brad Gross.


“He [Detective Gross] builds a good relationship with the citizens of Long Beach, and is able to get a lot of information we need to solve crimes,” Chief Seal said of Gross before the award presentation.

Two American Medical Response (AMR) employees, Brayden Lynch and William Roy, were named the First Responders of the Year award in the AMR Personnel of the Year category.



Pictured (l to r) are Mayor George Bass, 2022 AMR First Responder of the Year recipients Roy Williams and Brayden Lynch, Long Beach Chamber of Commerce Chair Melissa Rae Seymour, and AMR Chief Dana Thrower.

“These two honorees [Lynch and Roy] continue to pick up extra shifts,” said AMR Chief Dana Thrower before the awards presentation.


Chief Thrower also pointed out how the two AMR employees’ quick-thinking on one call that was supposed to be a routine transport led to saving four lives.





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