2020 Medal of Honor Recipients

In recognition for extraordinary acts of valor and heroism, the Idaho Law Enforcement, Firefighting and EMS Medal of Honor is awarded to law enforcement officers, firefighters and EMTs who have been distinguished by exceptionally meritorious conduct, assuring that the sacrifices of these professionals are recognized and their bravery honored by the state whose citizens they protect.

In 2020, four individuals were recognized for their valor and heroism; two law enforcement officers and two firefighters. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the ceremony that was scheduled to award the law enforcement officers on May 12, 2020, was cancelled and has not yet been rescheduled. The two firefighter recipients are scheduled to receive their awards at the Idaho Fallen Firefighter Memorial ceremony on August 28, 2020.

Firefighter Jason Beck
McCall Fire Protection District

On the afternoon of March 17, 2019, Firefighter/Paramedic Jason Beck and Firefighter/EMT Jonathan Metz were running errands for their station when an explosion occurred across town. The firefighters self-dispatched in their ambulance and were the first to arrive at the residence, which was engulfed in 20-foot flames.  Read more >>>

Corporal Eric Duke
Nampa Police Department

On the morning of March 27, 2018, Corporal Eric Duke and a fellow officer responded to a stabbing in progress at a residence in Nampa. Dispatch had informed the officers that the suspect had broken into the house and was stabbing and slashing the female residents with a large knife and a machete.  Read more >>>

Firefighter Jonathan Metz

Firefighter Jonathan Metz
McCall Fire Protection District

On the afternoon of March 17, 2019, Firefighter/EMT Jonathan Metz and Firefighter/Paramedic Jason Beck were running errands for their station when an explosion occurred across town. The firefighters self-dispatched in their ambulance and were the first to arrive at the residence, which was engulfed in 20-foot flames.  Read more >>>

Officer Eric Olson

Officer Eric Olson
Lewiston Police Department

On April 17, 2019, Lewiston Police officers responded to a reported drive-by shooting. Officer Eric Olson located the suspect’s vehicle in a residential area in Lewiston. The suspect shot multiple rounds at Ofc. Olson, who in turn, returned fire.  Read more >>>