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Six Idahoans, one from Idaho County, to Receive Idaho Medal of Honor August 17

(BOISE) – Six Idahoans will be awarded the Idaho Medal of Honor during a ceremony later this month in Boise. The recipients are all law enforcement officers selected for performing with exceptional courage and bravery while protecting the public.

Medals will be awarded Wednesday, August 17, at the Idaho Capitol. The ceremony begins at 2:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Auditorium in the west wing of the Garden Level.

The state’s highest honor for law enforcement officers, firefighting professionals and emergency medical service providers will be awarded to:

  • Officer Steve Bonas, Boise Police Department;
  • Sergeant Chris Davis, Boise Police Department;
  • Sergeant Kevin Holtry, Boise Police Department;
  • Deputy Camron Killmar, Idaho County Sheriff’s Office;
  • Officer Samuel Lang, Nampa Police Department; and
  • Officer Matthew Rappatoni, Caldwell Police Department.

On May 4, 2021, Idaho County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Camron Killmar was on a routine patrol in the Kooskia area.  At approximately 1:00 a.m. dispatch received a report of a vehicle upside down in the Clearwater River along an isolated section of Highway 12.  Deputy Killmar responded to the call within three minutes.  Upon his arrival, he observed the vehicle upside down in the river. 

Alone, Deputy Killmar moved down the 40-foot embankment to the riverbank to inspect the vehicle.  The section of the river where the vehicle was located was approximately 60 feet wide and was running high and fast.  The vehicle was partially submerged in approximately 12 feet of water.  Back-up from Grangeville would take at least 30 minutes to arrive.  All of the vehicle’s doors were closed. 

Deputy Killmar went into the water and had to completely submerge to open the driver’s side door.  With no visibility, he felt a person in the seat.  He pulled the person out of the vehicle and brought her to the shore.  The person had no signs of life, so he began CPR. 

The Kooskia ambulance arrived and took over CPR.  Deputy Killmar then went back into the water to look for others.  There were no other people in the vehicle, but he did extricate a dog.  Tragically, the driver did not survive her injuries.

Narratives of the other officers’ actions are available here.

The Medal of Honor Commission met March 2 to consider this year’s nominations, all of which were made by Idaho law enforcement agencies.

The Idaho Legislature created the Idaho Medal of Honor in 2004 to generate statewide recognition for extraordinary acts of valor and heroism by Idaho firefighters and police. Emergency medical service (EMS) providers became eligible for the award in 2005.

For more information about the Idaho Medal of Honor and past recipients, visit: http://www.medalofhonor.idaho.gov/.