Viewfinder: Creve Coeur Days Dinner
Annual event is sponsored by the Creve Coeur Squires and serves as a kickoff to the annual carnival, as well as a way to honor law enforcement.
The annual Creve Coeur Days festivities don't start until Thursday on the campus of Barnes Jewish West County Hospital, but the event got a ceremonial kickoff Tuesday with the annual dinner, sponsored by the Creve Coeur Squires.
The event, held at Spazio's in Westport, also served as a way to honor the Creve Coeur-Olivette Chamber of Commerce's Police Officer of the Year, Richard Wiginton. Wiginton was announced as the winner in a ceremony earlier this spring.
The Chamber's co-winners of the Firefighter of the Year award were Captain Paramedic Jim Younce, who has been with the Creve Coeur Fire Protection District for six years, and Peg Shannon, a Paramedic-Firefighter, with 13 years of service. Both were recognized for their humanitarian service thousands of miles away from Creve Coeur. Younce participated in earthquake medical relief efforts in Haiti as part of Project Helping Hands in April 2010, and even delivered a child while he was there. Shannon was feted for her work providing medical care in a part of Kenya ravaged by AIDS.