Native Pacifican Mandy Del Rio, who now lives in New Jersey, co-produced a new documentary called “War Heroes.” The pilot episode premiered Sept.12 on Newsmax.
The pilot episode featured Sgt. Ryan E. Doltz from Mine Hill, N.J., who lost his life in Baghdad in 2004. He was a graduate of Virginia Military Institute and served in the New Jersey National Guard. The host of the show, veteran Kris Paronto, talked with Doltz’s friends, family and those who served with him. They described him as “larger than life.”
His dedication to his fellow soldiers and those he never knew continues in his name in a memorial foundation created by his family.
More episodes featuring a soldier or a veteran are planned. Del Rio’s parents instilled in her a respect and admiration for men and women in uniform and she says she has always been a supporter. She comes from a long line of soldiers dating back to the Civil War.
“We are hoping Newsmax will pick up the show or get a sponsor that will help us,” she said.
She is also producing a documentary for the conservative television channel to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Sept. 11 called “The Day That Shook the World,” featuring Rudy Giuliani.
The proceeds from sold-out screenings of “War Heroes” in Las Vegas and Succasunna, N.J., will be donated to Doltz’s memorial foundation and the 14th Hour Foundation founded by Paronto.
Del Rio grew up in Pacifica with four brothers. She remembers dancing, singing and acting. She performed in high school plays and won first place in a local drama competition. She graduated from Terra Nova High School. She was involved with Pacifica Spindrift Players and performed in other vocal productions. She sang back-up vocals for a local band and appeared as an extra in Disney’s “Angels in the Outfield,” which inspired her to work in the entertainment industry.
Del Rio hosts the cable talk show “The Indie Lounge” that presents a forum to established professionals in various industries.