By Valliant Corley
Pilot staff writer
GOLD BEACH - Denise Lamie of Portland was recognized as the 1 millionth passenger of Jerry's Jet Boats as she prepared to board for the afternoon trip up the Rogue River July 4 afternoon.
Police Chief Russ Merkley led a parade of his patrol car and two fire trucks with sirens blasting and Merkley calling Lamie's name over his car's speaker system.
andquot;I just got engaged last night,andquot; Lamie said, thinking the display was set up to announce her engagement to Kyle Shorter, also of Portland.
Jerry's Manager Jeff Ferguson presented her a gift package with an estimated value of $2,000 as the millionth passenger, which comes as Jerry's celebrates its fifth anniversary as the first jet boat tour company in America.
The prizes included a lifetime VIP jet boat pass, lodging and meals at Paradise Inn at the end of Jerry's 52-mile trip up the Rogue, lodging and meals in Gold Beach, a refund of her tickets for Friday's boat ride and meals for two at the boat's dinner stop in Agness.
andquot;It will be wonderful,andquot; Lamie said.
Would she consider coming back to use the trip and lodging up the Rogue for her honeymoon?
andquot;Yeah,andquot; Lamie said. andquot;Maybe.andquot;