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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

Randy’L Teton

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

Matt Morgan

Matt Morgan, the owner and manager of Morgan Construction in Idaho Falls and founder of Bringing Hope Today, was a victim of child abuse at the age of 12. He is one of the few men who have had the courage and strength to speak out against their abusers and put in the effort to support others in similar circumstances. Matt actively works to bring awareness to the sexual abuse of children.

Lee Hammett

Lee Hammet 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 reducing loneliness and teaching people how to serve their fellow man, despite cultural or religious differences. Lee has helped his community overcome religious adversity and brought the diverse individuals of Bingham County together.

Eric Thomas

A lifetime resident of Fremont County and despite his disability and multiple health issues Eric has dedicated his life to helping people. An active member of the Fremont County Search & Rescue since 1988 has served on various committees.

Dr. Jacob DeLaRosa

A cardiothoracic surgeon from Pocatello, Dr. DelaRosa survived a horrific car accident and with a great amount of strength and support of his father, Dr. De La Rosa learned not only to walk again, but he trained his non-dominant hand to continue his surgical career. Since then he has brought new surgical facilities and operations to South East Idaho, and contributed greatly to his community and the people of Idaho.