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AIC Highlights Noteworthy People

Monday, September 26, 2016  
Posted by: Gay Dawn Oyler
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Check out noteworthy things being done and honors received by people in Idaho cities around the state.


Two firefighters received Idaho’s highest honor for firefighters, law enforcement officers and EMS providers, the Idaho Medal of Honor, for performing with exceptional courage and bravery during rescues in 2015. This year’s recipients were Lt. John Ward, of Kootenai County Fire & Rescue, and Sean Allen, of the Idaho Falls Fire Department. “There is no better way to recognize and express our appreciation for the valor, courage and bravery shown by our firefighters than the Medal of Honor,” said Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, chairman of the Medal of Honor Commission.


Longtime Idaho Falls Power (IFP) official Van Ashton has been recognized by the Northwest Public Power Association (NWPPA) for his lifetime commitment to the public power industry and his pioneering work in energy efficiency.


Canda Dimick, Clerk-Treasurer for the City of Lava Hot Springs, was named the 2016 Volunteer of the Year for the district by Pocatello Fire Chief David Gates. Dimick was recognized for her contributions as the coordinator for Lava Ambulance over the past 10 years and her efforts in recruiting new volunteers. In addition, over the past year, she has stepped forward for a total of 199 shifts or a total of 2,388 hours of being on call since October 2015.


At the September 12 New Meadows Council meeting, Mayor Tony Koberstein proclaimed September 2016 at Idaho First Bank Month, encouraging residents and businesses to become aware of their financial statuses and celebrating the opening of a local branch of Idaho First Bank.


Preslie Merrill, an eighth-grader at Irving Middle School, has been selected as Pocatello’s first Mayor for a Day of the 2016-2017 school year. She was selected by faculty for her participation in student leadership and helping to organize assemblies, food drives, and other events. During her term, which will begin the morning of September 30 and end that afternoon, she will be meeting with City leaders and getting an inside view of City operations. During the school year, a new Mayor for a Day is selected from the city’s middle and high schools once a month. The selection is made by the school and a different school is represented each month.


If someone in your community has done something noteworthy or received an honor that you feel should be highlighted in the People section of the newsletter, send the information to GayDawn by e-mail or fax 344-8677.

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