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The IDAHO’S HOMETOWN HERO MEDAL is awarded annually to a handful of distinguished Idaho citizens who meet one or more of the following criteria:

EXEMPLIFIES a life dedicated to the Idaho way of hard work, self-improvement and community service.

EMBODIES the spirit of philanthropy while showing a remarkable commitment in both their personal and professional lives to improving communities across the State of Idaho.

PRESERVES, celebrates and promotes the richness of history, tradition, and values of our great state while working to create a better world for all of us in the future by the work they do today.

SHARES gifts with the community to boost recognition of the State of Idaho.

Idaho's Hometown Hero Medal

Barrie Bennett Hunt

Barrie Bennett Hunt of Pocatello is the owner of Barrie’s Ski and Sports Store. Hunt’s involvement and dedication to the people of Idaho shines in his endless efforts in providing quality access to the great outdoors. Despite facing serious health issues, Hunt has continued to inspire others, stay active with his passions in life, and keeps giving back to the community on all levels.

Sheryl Brockett

Sheryl Brockett of Pocatello has been a school administrator in District #25 for the past 20 years. In the last nine years, as the principal of Century High School of Pocatello, Brockett has led Century High School in becoming one of the top 1,000 schools in the nation.

Colonel (Ret.) Craig W. Nickisch

Colonel (Ret.) Craig W. Nickisch has held several positions serving the U.S. Army throughout Central America, Europe, and Southeast Asia. He has been lending instrumental leadership skills to multiple organizations in the region. Col. Nickish has been a devoted citizen, dedicating his time to his own community and communities across the globe.

Lee Hammett

Lee Hammett is the President of the Board of Directors of the Community Dinner Table (CDT). The CDT is dedicated to reducing hunger in Bingham County, but also in reducing loneliness and teaching people how to serve their fellow man, despite cultural or religious differences. Hammett has helped his community overcome religious adversity and brought the diverse individuals of Bingham County together.

Dr. Jacob DeLaRosa

Dr. Jacob DeLaRosa is a cardiothoracic surgeon from Pocatello, who survived a horrific car accident. With a great amount of strength and support from his father, Dr. DeLaRosa learned not only to walk again, but he trained his non-dominant hand to continue his surgical career. Since, he has brought new surgical facilities and operations to South East Idaho, and is a great contributor to his community as well as the people of Idaho.

Kelly Miller

Kelly Miller of Boise is the Executive Director of the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence. She is an active leader in ending and preventing violence in her community and throughout the state of Idaho. Miller has shown great dedication in bringing justice and safety to countless individuals across the state.

Anton Newman

Anton Newman has lived in Colorado for several years working as a farmer. He is a World War II veteran who served with the 608th clearing division in the U.S. Army and was deployed to clean up the remains in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. At 90, Newman plays an active role in his community and continues to be a source of joy and inspiration for those around him.

Randy’L Teton

Randy’L Teton, who is a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, is the first in her immediate family to attain a four-year college degree by overcoming adversity in both tribal and non-tribal worlds. Teton’s efforts are aimed at bridging this gap by educating the public of her tribe’s rich history, culture, government, and economic projects.

Matt Morgan

Matt Morgan is the owner and manager of Morgan Construction in Idaho Falls and founder of Building Hope Today. Morgan was the victim of child abuse at 12, and is one of the few men who have had the courage and strength to speak out against their abusers and provide support to others in similar circumstances. Morgan is an activist for the awareness of sexual abuse of children.

Eric Thomas

Eric Thomas is a lifetime resident of Fremont County. Despite his disability and multiple health issues, Thomas has dedicated his life to helping people. He is an active member of the Fremont County Search & Rescue since 1988 and has served on various committees.