Long Beach Chamber of Commerce honors key first responders CSFA President Mike Shrout named 'sworn employee of the year'

CSFA President Mike Shrout, left, receives the Sworn Employee of the Year award from Long Beach Fire Chief Xavier Espino at the Police and Fire Appreciation Luncheon in Long Beach on Monday, March 18. The Long Beach police and fire departments recognized and awarded their sworn and civilian employees of the year. On March 18 Long Beach Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Randy Gordon welcomed an array of public safety first responders, officials and behind-the-scenes heroes to the organization's annual event, which honors members of the police and fire teams who go above and beyond their usual duties.

Bruce DD Mac Rae, vice president for UPS and president of the Long Beach Police Foundation, served as the master of ceremonies. And Police Chief Robert Luna and Fire Chief Xavier Espino made special presentations. CSFA President Mike Shrout who is a firefighter/paramedic with Long Beach Fire Department was applauded for his dedication and versatility. Shrout joined the department in 1995 and has since worked in stations 1, 2, 7, 9, 10, 12 and 16, and on Fire Boat 15.

Shrout has served on the CSFA Board of Directors since 2012 and is currently in his third term as president. He serves on the board of the State of California FIRESCOPE commission. He is a member of the City of Long Beach Incident Management Team. And he often works on movie and TV sets, fireworks shows and concerts as a licensed state fire safety officer.

"This was a huge honor and completely unexpected," said Shrout.

The Chamber also honored civilian fire department employee Javier Ramirez, a combination building inspector aide, as well as members of the city's police department.