May 16, 2011 – (Boise) – Three peace officers from the Boise Police Department and two firefighters from the Coeur d’Alene Fire Department will receive the Idaho Medal of Honor Friday for their extraordinary heroism above and beyond the call of duty. A U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously.
The State of Idaho’s highest honor for law enforcement officers, firefighters and EMS providers will be awarded Friday, May 20 to:
- Officer Adam Crist – Boise Police Department
- Officer Casey Hancuff – Boise Police Departmen
- Officer Jason Rose – Boise Police Department
- Firefighter Dylan Clark – Coeur d’Alene Fire Department
- Firefighter Nathan Hyder – Coeur d’Alene Fire Department
- Officer Brent “Jake” Jacobson – U.S. Forest Service
Officers Crist, Hancuff and Rose will receive the Medal for their valor in saving the life of a critically injured shooting victim. Firefighter/EMTs Clark and Hyder will be honored for their heroism in rescuing a victim trapped in a truck in a smoke-filled garage. Officer Jacobson will receive the Medal of Honor for tracking and confronting the suspects in a violent home invasion and kidnapping. The suspects shot and killed Officer Jacobson, who was assisting the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office in that 1989 manhunt.
“The Legislature established the Idaho Medal of Honor to ensure that the sacrifices of law enforcement officers, firefighters and EMS providers are recognized and their bravery honored by the state whose citizens they protect,” Attorney General and Idaho Medal of Honor Commission Chairman Lawrence Wasden said. “By their selfless actions, these six professionals demonstrated 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 20.
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