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Twelve win Idaho Medal of Honor, 10 peace officers and two firefighters

Two firefighters and a state trooper rescued two children trapped in an overturned car in Fernan Lake. A Jerome police officer risked his life to apprehend a suspect during a high-speed pursuit in Jerome, even after being shot in the eye. Two Lewiston police officers rescued a victim who was trapped in a burning apartment. All are among the 10 peace officers and two firefighters who are being awarded the Idaho Medal of Honor this year, which will be bestowed in a ceremony next Friday at the Idaho Peace Officers Memorial in Meridian. “These twelve professionals have gone above and beyond the call of duty in their commitment to the service of others,” said Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, chairman of the Idaho Medal of Honor Commission.

The medal was created in 2004 and the first honoree was slain Idaho State Trooper Linda Huff; click below for the full announcement, including the list of this year's 12 honorees and what they did.


Idaho Law Enforcement, Firefighting and EMS Medal of Honor Commission

 

c/o Office of the Attorney General

P.O. Box 83720

Boise, ID  83720-0010

Text Box: LAWRENCE WASDEN
Attorney General
Commission Chairman

DOUG BORAH
Idaho Peace Officers Association 

GREG BOWER
Ada County Prosecuting Attorney

WILLIAM FLINK
Peace Officer Standards and Training Council

MARTIN KNOELK
Division Chief
Boise Fire Department

WAYNE DENNY
EMS Bureau
Department of
Health & Welfare

BLAIR OLSEN
Jefferson County Sheriff

JOE RICE
Soda Springs Police Chief

BOB WELLS
Office of the Governor

208.334.4155

 

www.medalofhonor.idaho.gov

 

For Immediate Release:                                Media Contact:  Bob Cooper

May 11, 2012                                                  (208) 334-4112

 

Twelve Peace Officers & Firefighters to Receive the

Idaho Medal of Honor

 

 

(Boise) – Ten peace officers and two firefighters from the Coeur d’Alene Fire Department will receive the Idaho Medal of Honor Friday, May 18, for their extraordinary heroism above and beyond the call of duty.  This year’s recipients are with the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office, Idaho Falls Police Department, Idaho State Police, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Jerome Police Department, Lewiston Police Department and Coeur d’Alene Fire Department.

The State of Idaho’s highest honor for law enforcement officers, firefighters and EMS providers will be awarded to:

·       Deputy Anthony Glenn – Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office

·       Deputy Chad Lenz – Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office

·       Officer Malin Reynolds – Idaho Falls Police Department

·       Corporal Allen Ashby – Idaho State Police

·       Sr. Specialist Gerald Stemm – Idaho State Police

·       Firefighter Captain/Paramedic Richard Halligan – Coeur d’Alene Fire Department

 

·       Firefighter/EMT Donald Porter – Coeur d’Alene Fire Department

 

·       Officer Paul Alexander – Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game

·       Sergeant John Kempf – Idaho State Police

·       Officer Dennis Clark – Jerome Police Department

·       Reserve Officer Jason Ewing – Lewiston Police Department

·       Officer Dustin Hibbard – Lewiston Police Department

Deputies Glenn and Lenz, along with Officer Reynolds, will receive the Medal of Honor for their valor in apprehending a suspect in Idaho Falls. Officer Reynolds was shot during the incident, and Deputies Glenn and Lenz came to his defense.

ISP Troopers Ashby and Stemm, along with Firefighter/Paramedic Halligan and Firefighter/EMT Porter, will be honored for their heroism in rescuing two children trapped in a car overturned in Fernan Lake.

Officer Alexander will receive the Medal for saving the life of a crash victim whose car went into Black Canyon Reservoir, and was in danger of drowning.

Sergeant Kempf will be honored for his heroism in rescuing a victim from a burning vehicle on I-84 near milepost 195.

Officer Clark will receive the Medal for risking his life to apprehend a suspect during a high-speed pursuit in Jerome, even after being shot in the eye.

Officers Ewing and Hibbard will receive the Medal for saving the life of a victim trapped in a burning apartment building in Lewiston.

“The Idaho Medal of Honor is the state’s highest honor to recognize the extraordinary bravery of law enforcement officers, firefighters and EMS providers,” Attorney General and Idaho Medal of Honor Commission Chairman Lawrence Wasden said. “These twelve professionals have gone above and beyond the call of duty in their commitment to the service of others.”

The recipients will receive the Idaho Medal of Honor during ceremonies at the Idaho Peace Officers Memorial in Meridian at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 18.

Additional information about the 2012 recipients and previous recipients is available on the Idaho Medal of Honor Commission website at www.medalofhonor.idaho.gov.

 

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