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Hometown Heroes: Neptune’s Final Toast

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Sunday, October 2, 2022
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel
Peacock Ballroom

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The Neptune Festival invites you to celebrate excellence at Neptune's Final Toast in honor of our Hometown Heroes. Local heroes will be honored during Boardwalk Weekend at a Sunday breakfast by the sea.

If you would like to attend, please call the Neptune Festival office at (757) 498-0215 by September 21st for more information. $25.00/Adult, $15/Children under 12

Many of those who have chosen to live in our community have also chosen to make their professions in ways that provide valuable and critically needed services to all of us. They do this every day - quietly, efficiently and effectively. The Neptune Festival has established a program to recognize these organizations each year through representatives chosen by their organization's leaders.

They are the defenders of our community and our country, our soldiers and police officers, sailors and firefighters, marines, airmen, emergency medical service volunteers and coast guardsmen, and they are those who teach our children. What they do for us all is epic in the truest sense - they are our hometown heroes.


2021 HOMETOWN HEROES


Kimberly Nurse
Virginia Beach Public Schools

Lyndee Tripp
Virginia Beach Department Of Emergency Medical Services

Captain Edward "Woody" Landgrover
Virginia Beach Fire Department

Sergeant Jennifer Johannesen
Virginia Beach Police Department

Yeoman First Class Angela Chaney
United States Navy

Petty Officer Addison Didio
United States Coast Guard

Staff Sergeant Jose Velazco
United States Army

Gunnery Sergeant Nehemias Marroqui
United States Marine Corps


Kimberly Nurse | Virginia Beach Public Schools

Special Education Techer and now AVID Elective Teacher & Coordinator, Kimberly Nurse, is a catalyst for change in the public-school setting. For almost 20 years, Mrs. Nurse earned a reputation for encouraging and motivating her students to want to learn. She is always open to challenges and informal conversations, welcoming any exchange of ideas from both her students and her colleagues. Mrs. Nurse is a passionate supporter of any initiative that motivates her students to reach their full potential. She celebrates their victories and helps them learn through their disappointments. She works with students to discover their unique talents and abilities. Teaching is her superpower!

Lyndee Tripp | Virginia Beach Department Of Emergency Medical Services

2020 was a difficult year that brought significant death, disability, and interruptions to virtually every aspect of our lives. Despite these conditions, EMS members faced all challenges head-on, continuing to provide excellent services to our community. Lyndee Tripp was part of the COVID response from the beginning, starting with the first POD at EMS Station 8 with about two hundred vaccinations and a few dozen vaccinators. This effort grew to over 3000 vaccinations a day, utilizing vaccines from multiple manufacturers and hundreds of vaccinators. Lyndee and the EMS team adeptly trained, credentialed, monitored, supervised and scheduled vaccinators, ultimately providing 10 thousand vaccinations per week.She put forth exceptional time and effort to make the vaccination process in our community efficient and successful. Her dedication and steadfast commitment to the health and welfare of our community literally saved lives.

Captain Edward "Woody" Landgrover | Virginia Beach Fire Department

Captain Edward “Woody” Landgrover is a 22-year veteran with the Virginia Beach Fire Department. He served honorably with notable accomplishments in technical rescue and hazmat. He is currently the lead instructor for the shoring section of the Structural Collapse Specialist School and Captain at the Training Bureau. Captain Landgrover is consistent in the performance of his duties and his dedication to his official responsibilities are second to none. Whether in the station or in an administrative position, he rises to the top as an “A” player. His dedication to the Department and the citizens of Virginia Beach is unparalleled.

Sergeant Jennifer Johannesen | Virginia Beach Police Department

Sergeant Jennifer Johannesen currently works with the Virginia Beach Police Department as a Sergeant. She began her career with the VBPD in 2006 and is now assigned to the Special Operation Division as a supervisor of the Traffic Safety Unit, Fatal Crash Team, and the Crisis Negotiations Team. Sergeant Johansson was selected to serve as a peer support officer, one of the department’s LGBTQ community liaisons, a supervisor of the department’s Honor Guard. She is active in the training of recruits and sworn members as a DCJS General Instructor. She is a well-respected and trusted supervisor serving as an effective role model for her peers and her community.


Yeoman First Class Angela Chaney | United States Navy

Yeoman First Class Angela Chaney is the Administrative Leading Petty Officer for Naval Weapons Station Yorktown where she leads more than 200 sailors and civilians with boundless energy. Hailing from a small southern Arizona town, she followed in her grandfather’s footsteps and joined the Navy in 2010 as a Hospital Corpsman. She recently converted to an Administrative Professional and continues to impress her superiors and subordinate with her work ethic and leadership. She recently served with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 22 at Norfolk Naval Station and made two overseas deployments experiencing the cultures of five different countries, using those experiences to bring out the best in her junior sailors.

Petty Officer Addison Didio | United States Coast Guard

Petty Officer 2nd Class Didio left his career as a Nuclear Submarine builder when he joined the Coast Guard in 2018. He was inspired and motivated by his wife’s ability to save lives as a registered nurse. His first duty assignment was the Coast Guard Cutter Thetis, which is tasked with Homeland Security, Drug Interdiction, and Migrant Interdiction missions. He was also deployed to Africa for a public relations mission to represent the U.S. in support of training African Military Forces. Petty Officer Didio volunteers his electrical knowledge at the Tradewinds Institute, a Christian organization in Virginia Beach, VA that provides opportunities for 10th-12th grade students to experience various trades.

Staff Sergeant Jose Velazco | United States Army

Staff Sergeant Jose Velazco enlisted in the Army in 2003, attending Initial Basic Training in South Carolina. His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with silver oak leaf cluster, two Overseas Medals, two Army Superior Unit Awards, Army Good Conduct Medal with 5 bronze knots, Iraq Campaign Medal. Staff Sergeant Jose Velazco is an Optical Laboratory Specialist at the Naval Ophthalmic Support and Training Activity in Yorktown, VA. He provides exceptional service to customers on and off the battlefield, contributing to ongoing readiness through the health and wellness of our fighting force.

Gunnery Sergeant Nehemias Marroquin | United States Marine Corps

Gunnery Sergeant Nehemias Marroquin is the Staff Noncommissioned Officer for the Formal Marksmanship Training Center, Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Marine Corps Security Force Regiment. He leads the Marksmanship Program for the Regiment, training more than 700 Marines on an annual basis. Gunnery Sergeant Marroquin grew up in Los Angeles, California, joining the Marine Corps in 2005 as an Infantryman. He deployed overseas to three combat deployments and two deployments in support of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. His hard work and dedication earns him the respect of his subordinates, peers, and Command. His leadership inspires others to train harder, care for the team, and be willing to tackle the toughest missions facing our Marine Corps.