The Bessemer Area Chamber of Commerce presented the 28th Annual Business & First Responders Awards Gala on Thursday, August 15th, 2019 at the Bessemer Civic Center. The evening was about honoring Bessemer’s local heroes. The following were accepted: Detective Justin Bruce Burmeister - 2018 Police Officer Of The Year presented by Bessemer Police Chief Mike Roper, Lieutenant Stephen Parker - 2018 Fire Fighter of the Year given by Bessemer Fire Chief Randall McFarland, Sergeant Ryan Strickland - 2018 Deputy Sheriff of the Year presented by Sheriff Mark Pettway, Dr. Richard Stephen - 2018 Doctor of the Year presented by CEO and President of UAB Medical West Keith Pennington, William Parsons CPA - 2018 Business of the Year presented by Chamber President LaTasha Williams. Edward McDonald - 2018 Ambulance EMS Of The Year, presented by Charles King. The evening was hosted by Bessemer Area Chamber of Commerce President Latasha Cook. Greetings were given by Bessemer Area Chamber of Commerce Chairman of The Board Dr. Reggie Mays. The evenings unique entertainment was a fantastic concert performance from Taylor Hicks. Hicks had people dancing throughout the Bessemer Civic Center. Bessemer Mayor Kenneth Gulley gave comments. Hunter Catering catered the meal. A lot of elected officials were in attendance for the gala, too many to name. 

The sponsors for the event were Star Sponsors Bessemer Utilities, Lawson State Community College, Medical West and Comfort Care and Silver Sponsors Bessemer Police Department,  Dex Imaging Jefferson County Sheriff Mark Pettway, Julie Bell, Agent - State Farm Insurance, Marvel City Credit Union, Piper Jaffary, and Wheeler Wrecker Service,

The awards were supplied by The Bessemer Elks Lodge #721. The evening was a beautiful and unique experience celebrating the heroes of the community.