On May 14, 2013, at great risk to herself, Angie Smoot intervened to stop a sexual assault on another woman at the Boise Town Square Mall when her young son noticed something was wrong and urged her to take action. Angie was subsequently injured when the perpetrator deliberately ran her down in his vehicle in front of her children. She continues to recover from the many extensive injuries she sustained in the incident. Born and raised among three brothers in Pocatello by Larry and Nina Zahm, Angie graduated from Pocatello High School in 1990 and from the Idaho State University Cosmetology program in 1993. She worked in Pocatello until 2000 when she and her husband, Ryan, moved to Kuna. She opened her own salon in 2002 and quickly grew her business into a full service salon with spa services and tanning. The Smoots recently moved back to Eastern Idaho to live and raise their two boys, Gentry (7) and Gage (6). After twenty-one years in the business, Angie plans to return to work as a hair stylist as soon as she can. As a working Idaho mother and wife deeply engaged in the day-to-day business of raising her family, Angie Smoot embodies the true spirit of the every day her that lives quietly among us.
As a working Idaho mother and wife deeply engaged in the day-to-day business of raising her family, Angie Smoot embodies the true spirit of the every day her that lives quietly among us and it is this spirit that garnered Angie three separate nominations for to receive Idaho’s Hometown Hero Medal. A nomination submitted by Martin Hackworth, of Pocatello, stated: “I know a lot of people who have grandiose ideas about making the world a better place… but if, like me, you subscribe to the notion that making your community and the world a better place is often more effectively accomplished one person at a time, with grit and courage, Angie Smoot’s photograph ought to be on your wall.”
Another nomination, submitted by Carlen Donovan, of Pocatello, expressed: “despite never having met her, I have become a better person because of Angie Smoot because she reminded me that heroes are the people who choose to do the right thing in the right moment. Heroes are people who don’t ignore their fears, but overcome them. Heroes are people who want to teach their children by example, rather than by words alone, that helping others is the right thing to do. By a simple (but not easy!) choice, she made her community a better place. She makes me want to do the same, to be a better citizen, a better neighbor, and a better mother.”
In Angie’s own words, “My friends tell me I’m always the optimist. I believe in looking for the bright side of things.”