POCATELLO — Two Idaho Falls residents were honored Saturday by the JRM Foundation for Humanity at the eighth annual Idaho Hometown Hero Awards Expo, Ceremony and Gala Celebration.
The awards, established in 2011, pay tribute “to those who show unique characteristics, achievements and remarkable commitment to creating better, safer communities across the state of Idaho,” a JRM Foundation news release said.
“The honorees are incredible Idahoans who exemplify outstanding qualities in both their personal and professional lives while continuing to preserve and promote the richness of Idaho and create a better world for all of us in the future by the work they do today,” the release said.
Idaho Falls award winners were Reginald Reeves and Carrie Madden.
• Retired Lt. Col. Reginald R. Reeves, an Idaho Falls attorney, is the executive director of Sun Valley Charitable Foundation Inc., headquartered in Idaho Falls, and serving much of southern Idaho, the release said. The foundation is an IRS-recognized 501©(3) nonprofit. Reeves collects food and other merchandise from businesses and individuals to in turn donate to people in need. Reeves’ objective is to continue serving approximately 800 to 1,000 families, 1,500 to 2,000 individuals, weekly and more if possible. Reeves also is an avid pro bono advocate for active military and military veterans, and he has helped many veterans through the Veterans Administration System and also with other necessary legal aid, the release said. Reeves also has been donating his own rare blood type since 1950. Throughout his lifetime of regular donations, he has donated 49 gallons with the American Red Cross, the release said.
• The Madden family lost their daughter, sister and friend to a domestic violence homicide. McKenzie Madden and along with her friend Jonathan Sadler were killed July 14, 2014, by a former boyfriend of McKenzie’s in Logan, Utah. Kenzie was a student at Utah State University working toward a bachelor’s degree in both sociology and psychology with a minor in criminal justice and a certificate in law and society area studies. Carrie and her family have taken the loss of Kenzie and turned it into not only a community-wide effort that recognizes the impact domestic violence can have on victims and their families, but Carrie has created a movement that brings recognition to this violent epidemic that impacts families nationwide, the release said.
The other honorees were Liyah Babayan, of Twin Falls; Russell Davies, of Chubbuck; Bowen Toomey. of Eagle; Alexander Knoll, of Post Falls; Christian Colonel, of Pocatello; Lesli Schei; of Chubbuck; Nicolas Garcia, of Pocatello; and Peggy Elliott Goldwyn, of Sun Valley.
For information, visit jrmfoundation.org.