Life savers — DeLand Police Chief Bill Ridgway is flanked by two officers who received commendations for helping save the life of a man May 10 in a convenience-store parking lot. Officers Tony Tagle, at left, and Kyle Welch, right, performed CPR on the man, who was not breathing and had no pulse, keeping him alive until a paramedic could arrive and take over.
BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS
Proud graduates — Members of Leadership West Volusia’s Class of 2016 gathered recently for a group photo at Stetson University’s Lynn Business Center. In the front row, from left, are Cher-Rae Rodriguez, Frontier Communications; Anthony DeFeo, The West Volusia Beacon; Kristin Long, Florida Hospital Orlando; Kinsey Lallathin, City of DeLand; Manny Delgado, Delgado Financial; Jenna Workman, DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce; and Christopher DiMarzo, Frontier Communications. In the middle row, same order, are Rachel McCullough, Landis Graham French, P.A.; Amanda McHugh, The Cloisters of DeLand; Jenn Smith, Frontier Communications; Ken DeForest, Waste Pro; Karen Bures, The West Volusia Beacon; Adam Talbot, Stetson University; Chris Wimsatt, Team Volusia; Salvador Valdivia, Frontier Communications; and Kara Cummings, Stetson University (administrator, Leadership West Volusia). In the back row, same order, are Joshua Cockayne, The Baumgartner Company; John Anderson, City of DeLand; Brian Leatherman, Florida Credit Union; and Chris Graham, City of DeLand. Not pictured is Leadership West Volusia graduate Sherri Bailey Akin.
PHOTO COURTESY DELAND AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE