Several honored at annual Elks dinner

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Firefighter Troy Robb was honored by the Mesquite Elks #2811 on March 11 for his role in upgrading self-contained breathing apparatus for the Mesquite Fire Department. The device is used by every rescue worker as they enter areas where air and oxygen are low, such as in burning buildings. From left to right are Mayor Al Litman, Fire Chief Kash Christopher, Robb and Elks Exalted Ruler Bill Oskin. Photo by Stephanie Clark.

Chef Chris Noone with the Virgin Valley High School was asked for his help with the awards dinner at the Mesquite Elks Lodge on March 11. His culinary students, as part of the CTE (Career and Technology Education) program that give students tools they can apply immediately in several work fields, prepared and served a dinner for the attendees for the awards banquet. Photo by Stephanie Clark.

In their annual dinner honoring local fire, police and community members, the Mesquite Elks Lodge #2811 served a record crowd of nearly 60 members plus fire and police personnel and community members.

Firefighter Troy Robb was the first to receive his award. Robb was a major force in getting upgraded SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus) units for Mesquite Fire Rescue over the past year. The devices are necessary for firefighters who enter a burning building or encounter a low oxygen environment.

Detective David Alejos, second from left, was honored for his work in 2016 in the ever-growing narcotics presence in Mesquite. His investigations brought in cooperative efforts from the state and federal levels. From left to right are Police Deputy Chief Scott Taylor, Alejos, Mayor Al Litman, Esteemed Leading Knight Harold Straley and Exalted Ruler Bill Oskin. Photo by Stephanie Clark.

For the Mesquite Police Department, Detective David Alejos was honored for his work in 2016 that brought down a high-level drug ring that had come to Mesquite. His time and skills as a detective enabled him to gather the evidence and cooperation from outside law enforcement to take down the ring and continue a successful outcome in the war on drugs that Mesquite constantly encounters.

Mesquite Athletics and Leisure Services Director Nick Montoya was honored by the Elks on March 11 for his ongoing work in the community and for the City of Mesquite. From left to right are Montoya, Mayor Al Litman, Esteemed Leading Knight Harold Straley and Exalted Ruler Bill Oskin. Photo by Stephanie Clark.

The Citizen of the Year award went to Nick Montoya, the director of Athletics and Leisure Services for the City of Mesquite. Montoya has been a key factor in the success of several events sponsored by the city, including Mesquite Days, the Mesquite Recreation Center and most recently, the Desert Color Dash held earlier that day.

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