American Legion honors Newport-Mesa public safety employees

The American Legion recognized Costa Mesa and Newport Beach public safety employees at its 46th annual Law and Order Awards Banquet on Thursday.

Newport-Mesa city workers and community leaders nominate employees worthy of acclaim each year, and American Legion Post 291 of Newport Beach treats them to a banquet with family and friends.

Honorees included Newport Beach firefighter Ryan Popovich as firefighter of the year, Lifeguard Captain Brian O'Rourke as marine safety officer of the year, and Randy Lempert as seasonal lifeguard of the year.

—Alexandra Baird

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