NORWALK – The Norwalk Chamber of Commerce hosted its version of “Coffee with a Cop” last Thursday, June 29 at its office complex on Foster Road.
While touted as an opportunity for all to meet with their representatives from the Norwalk Sheriff’s Station and Norwalk Public Safety Department, most of the visitors where owners and representatives of the business community of Norwalk.
No one seemed to mind the rising temperatures as they chatted with Norwalk Sheriff’s Station Captain Jim Tatreau, Chamber President Yovani Flores, as well as the chamber’s executive director Caren Spilsbury.
Joining in with the morning coffee and assortment of fruit and pastries was Chamber President-Elect, Trisha Gutierrez.
One of the professional Norwalk Safety Officers in attendance was 30-year-old Krystal Hidalgo, who has been on the force for five years.
She was raised in Norwalk and continues to call the 90650 zip code home.
Hidalgo is a graduate of UCLA with a bachelor’s degree as well as a master’s degree from Cal State University, Long Beach in public administration.
Also on coffee duty was 15-year Sheriff’s Deputy Lori Kammer, who chatted with long-time resident Ken Cook.
Carlos Ramos, director of public safety, was on hand to answer any questions regarding the safety of Norwalk and its citizens.
He commented on the on-going effort to thwart the use of illegal fireworks within the city and to encourage everyone to enjoy the July 3rd festivities on the lawn at City Hall.
While no Norwalk City Council members were present, sitting quietly chatting with former council candidate Esmeralda Free was former council member Cheri Kelley, who did not seek reelection to the dais earlier this year.
According to the Safety Department, the next “Coffee with a Cop” event has not yet been scheduled. -- By Raul Samaniego