At the commemoration of Idaho Peace Officers Memorial Day on Friday, Gov. Dirk Kempthorne will present the state’s first Medal of Honor to the family of Linda Huff, the Idaho State Police trooper who was killed in a shootout at the ISP’s North Idaho office in 1998. Huff, a 33-year-old mother of three, was the first female officer killed in Idaho in the line of duty. She already was posthumously awarded the Medal of Valor, the ISP’s highest honor for its officers. The new Medal of Honor was created by a special commission to recognize and honor officers from any law enforcement agency.
“It’s going to be a day of honoring peace officers who have fallen in the line of duty,” said Mike Journee, Kempthorne’s press secretary. “Linda Huff obviously was someone who made that sacrifice for the state, and the governor felt like it was an appropriate use of the medal for the first time. He’s happy and honored to present it to her family for her sacrifice and their sacrifice.”